When is a win not a win? When the winner gets disqualified, which is what happened to Nicolas Mouret, the designer of ‘Phyte’, a 380 m mobile tower designated first by the jury of the Eiffel Architecture Competition, but immediately after disqualified. The reason? Mouret is not a student of architecture, but of design. Gus Eiffel, who was an engineer and not an architect, must have flipped over in his grave. But even he couldn’t change the rules of the competition that carries his name. As for Nicolas Mouret, who is passionately involved in architecture, design and photography he ‘knew that he had overstepped’. So no outcry, no bitterness, just the pleasure of having been the real winner, however short-lived (1).
Read the rest of this entry »