The modern city – is the elusive image of identity, which was once of its properties. The image, reduced to a vulgar symbol of “modernity”. Today we need to be fashionable. This unconscious intention is one of the products of the consumer society. The city should become fashionable. It is required to be modern. Even if it have to bring a sacrifice its own original essence…
The ancient keeper of the material and spiritual heritage of ages, historical city is like a relict animal enclosed in the concrete labyrinth of the endless shopping mall. It is on the verge of becoming kitsch, a caricature of itself.
Architecture is the powerful instrument of the materialization of cultural ideals of the society. In the today’s world everything had been turned into a commodity. One can buy architecture. And it’s fashionable to buy it.
…Wandering through the narrow medieval streets of the “white city”, you can feel the uniqueness and originality of Muslim culture. The crown of the urban structure – a grant Mosque of Hassan II – like a materialized symbol of the transcendent spiritual ideal of the Creator, rising above the daily bustle of the city life. It is a stone message to future generations. It is a symbol of the spirit eternity.
…Laconic large form. White vertical of the soaring volume. At the bottom there is an atmosphere of the bustle marketplace. People are like chess pieces. They begin and finish the next party called a “new day” over and over. White volume of the soaring tower arises from the airspace above the square. It is the monolithic monument of the path, the upstream movement which stood above the vanity of the present. Between the tower and the market is the air, a space belonging to the street. Two archetypes – the square and the tower – related by the silhouette of the street wall.