quote 01:32:27 Ironically the criticism of John Portman’s hotel atrium designs is that the focus of these large buildings is interior rather than exterior. The buildings are considered exclusionary to the people outside on the city streets. My memories of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco as a place where I could enjoy the beauty and comfort of a grand hotel as a person seeking shelter from the streets defies that criticism. The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a hotel I have visited for over 30 years, yet I was a registered hotel guest for the first time in 2008.
Ric Garrido of the Loyalty Traveler blog, quoted in How John Portman Reinvented the Lobby with Visual Excitement. One for Slavin.
quote 20:45:53 Democracy has a pretty poor track record of building great cities. The great cities of the world that we travel to see were built by benevolent despots
Eric Kuhne, head designer at the multinational firm CivicArts, and architect of Bluewater, quoted by Owen Hatherley in his Guardian article, Bluewater thrives by not alarming shoppers with anything new or strange. I’d argue London and New York disprove that one.