Some architects depend on computer rendering and much of their
reputation is built on computer imagery -- but when was the last
time you saw a building in real life that looked better than the
rendering? In the computer images, buildings are often depicted at
night, with the translucent walls aglow, offering glimpses of life
inside. Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, and Rem Koolhaas know the
power of persuasion in creating a rendering as an inspirational
sales tool. But what does this mean to all of us who have to live
with the buildings -- in the real world -- and face the
disappointment of seeing the building built, and it's not as
ethereal, as glowing, as interesting as it was presented to us in
the rendering? The answer might be found in a winking Jesus.
Pictured is the rendering and reality views of the Contemporary
Arts Center in Cincinnati, designed by Zaha Hadid. For more
inspiration, visit www.tedwells.com.