10 The Next is the Best: Unbuilt Work
After a long, productive and celebrated career, architect Parker toured and lectured widely. He was often asked: “What is your favorite building; which project do you like best?” The answer was always the same. “My next project; the one I am working on now.”
Designs unbuilt are part of every architects career. Part 10 of 10 Things To Love presents the plans and proposals for two unbuilt works: “America’s Bridge”, Parker’s proposal to replace the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, and “Euphrosyne Isle” Parker’s last (“3-in-1”, owner, designer, builder) design for a new residence for his family in Gainesville, Florida.
There can be disappointment, for architects, in unrealized projects. In this case though, at the end of Parker’s remarkable life the designs unbuilt instead illustrate his next is best out-look. In his enthusiasm for America’s Bridge and Euphrosyne Isle audiences will see the ever-youthful, 92 year old, Alfred Browning Parker looking forward to the next best project.
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