Rendering Redux: A Humorous Weekly Investigation Into Architectural Image Making. This Week: Baku White City
May 23, 2013
Rendering Redux is a weekly examination of architectural rendering practices. While many architects evaluate these images based on sheer effect, we take a more humorous approach, documenting the inconsistencies and incongruous scale figures that populate the architectural imagination. Each week, we take a look at a different project, decoding its renderings so you don’t have to.
This week, we are taking a look at Baku White City, a proposed master plan for the capital of Azerbaijan. Baku White City gets its name from an aspired-to reversal of destiny; the development is slated to replace a district formerly known as the “Black City” due to its industrial buildings.
Baku White City includes multiple neighborhood districts, some with high-rise office complexes and others with single-family homes. The master plan as a whole demonstrates an extremely urban intention, though at times this is thwarted by the sheer glitziness of its glass towers and tree-lined boulevards.
While at first glance the proposed buildings look adventurous, a lot of its forms come directly out of the new-hyper-capitalist-development playbook. Baku White City has some pretty hefty firms as partners, including Atkins, Foster + Partners, and F+A Architects, which certainly helps add some seriousness to the proposal. Nonetheless, renderings found on BWC’s website betray a bit more shakiness. Does Baku, a truly great world city, deserve more? Let’s find out …