Here's OMA's plan:
And here's Foster's plan:
Certainly the timing of these two square projects raises some eyebrows, though the similarities -- or at least the imagery that's being looked at -- is only the plan. I'm sure these two project "on the ground" are very different from each other. But a few thinks irk me about the hoopla, as well as the plans themselves:
:: The assertion of authorship at the scale of the city,Perhaps these two architects are learning from history, as square cities are nothing new, though let's hope they're learning from more than just the shape.
:: The desire to be innovative at the same scale, linked with
:: The apparent tabula rasa conditions of each, and
:: The apparent lack of learning from history at various levels.
The ancient, walled city of El Kab (found here):