Extreme Infrastructural Improvements. Part III.
Four Forgotten Schemes to Straighten the Thames by Willey Reveley, 1877
Thames river has always been pretty curvy inspiring minds for many inventions, and one of them was a grand plan of straightening it in 1796. Due to heavy wind conditions sailing ships experienced difficulties navigating around its loops.
Extreme Infrastructural Improvements. Part II.
King’s Cross Aerodrome by Charles Glover, 1931
King’s Cross used to be one of the most deprived areas in London and was home to a red light district in 1930s. In 1931, architect Charles Glover proposed to increase airborne traffic by building an elevated airport above the railway sidings of King’s Cross.
Extreme Infrastructural Improvements. Part I.
London is rich and diverse in its architectural language, but even more fascinating projects are left on paper. Some of them are more modest while others pushed to extreme and seem too futuristic, but nevertheless they served inspiration for further development that did take place in the city.
The article is broken into several parts and projects are arranged in a Scale from a road to a city, featuring examples of their modern interpretations.
The Danteum was proposed during the time of Mussolini’s Fascist regime. It is to be built to celebrate the “greatest of Italian poets” – Dante, and for the planned Exposition of 1942 in Rome. The sequence of spaces is imbued with the concepts found in the Divine Comedy, and an interpretation of Mussolini’s New Roman Empire.
Here Danteum is presented as the architecture of translation, focusing on the gradual ascent with spiralling motions, interpreted from the allegorical and numerical descriptions in the Divine Comedy.
Parallel to the front a freestanding wall
An immense monument of 100 marble blocks.
Each proportional to canto from Divine poem
Incised with the prays for the New Empire of Roman.