Mies vs. Rem!

BlooMIES ?!

    What goes up must come down.

    Lee Bey has a nice post on the photos of Charles W. Cushman, taken around the country between about 1938 and 1969. Lee likes this photo, he says it's Dali-esque.


    The swooping lines and the corner bay window immediately reminded me of


    Fred and Ginger, by Frank Gehry, in Prague. Interesting what happens when architects portray a challenge to gravity.

    And when you see the above, it's always interesting to see a photo of the other Fred and Ginger, also light as two feathers,


    Happy Holidays! And check out Lee's blog, The Urban Observer. It's been superb lately. With his own fantastic photographs.

    And if Fred and Ginger, either in building or in blood, didn't warm you up, here are two more shots of summer from Charles W. Cushman.












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Mies and the National Gallery of Art in Washington

    Tyler breaks the story that the National Gallery of Art seeks to expand into the nearby Federal Trade Commission headquarters.
    That's great, I hope it happens. The NGA needs more room and adding a public building to the mall would enliven the area. Since 9-11 and the new security measures around DC buildings, and more restricted access, the mall is less animated than it had been, near the government bureau buildings.

    But did Tyler forget his own terrific idea?


    Use Mies' Martin Luther King library (4 blocks away) as a wing of the National Gallery in which to show contemporary art.

    Mies van der Rohe Washington DC Library
    Tyler says contemporary, I say modern and contemporary, but wouldn't it be great to see art in there?

    The DC building needs to be saved, and restored. If not as a library, then why not a gallery? And I know who should do the restoration work.Source URL: http://ecleticsergio.blogspot.com/2007/
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John Silber - Architecture of the Absurd













    Silber: "How Genius Disfigured a Practical Art."
    10 minute video.

    How local TV news disfigures discussion about architecture. Sad.

    The problem with America's built environment is not Frank Gehry's Stata Center (whose interior impresses me more and more each time I see it. The exterior I still find a little tragi-comic for upright Cambridge.) The problem is the bland, boring and cheap buildings you might see on the way to Stata. The ones with not enough art or thought in them.Source URL: http://ecleticsergio.blogspot.com/2007/
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Herzog versus Eisenman. Kipnis referees.

Ando in Massachusetts








    And the same photo manipulated
    (where have you gone, Sugimoto?)


    And speaking of Japanese serenity, another "snowy" vision -




    Tadao Ando's first building of wood, outside of Japan.

    The Stone Hill Center at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will open on June 22, 2008.

    From the release:
    The two-story, 32,000 square feet glass and wood building will house galleries, a studio art classroom, a conference room, and an outdoor café. The building will also serve as the new home for the Williamstown Art Conservation Centre.

    In response to its unique (rural art museum) context, Ando has gracefully tucked the new building into its wooded hillside setting, revealing only one level when approached from its main entry to the north, east and west. A large terrace provides panoramic views of the Green Mountains and Taconic Ridge. Ando’s building will join two existing buildings on Clark’s campus.

    A fourth building, also designed by Ando, which will house additional gallery and exhibition space, will be built as part of Phase II. That building is scheduled for completion in 2013.


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    Why I like New York

    Look what the Rockefeller Foundation is funding:

    Urban Omnibus: a Broadband Channel for Architecture, Infrastructure and Environment in New York City.

    "To bring together the most innovative ideas about the future of the urban landscape in New York City." Produced by The Architectural League of New York.
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    Others, among the first recipients of the new NYC Cultural Innovation Fund:

    - The Bronx Museum of the Arts...for Phase II Capital Master Plan and Design, for an expansion of the museum including the development of a moderate income residential tower using principles of green building design

    - The Civilians...for Development and Brooklyn Neighborhoods, a two-year theater lab exploring the Atlantic Yards Project

    - Friends of the High Line with Creative Time and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation...to create a new, large-scale public art commissioning program for the High Line's Chelsea Market Tunnel

    - Museum of Chinese in America...for The Chinese American Experience, a comprehensive historical interactive exhibition to mark the debut of its new museum in Chinatown

    - Museum of the Moving Image...for Massively Multiplayer: the Art of Online Virtual Worlds, to bring virtual space into the physical realm in a new technologically-advanced exhibition gallery

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    Maybe you next year? The sixteen recipients were selected from a pool of more than 600 organizations that submitted proposals earlier this year through the Rockefeller Foundation's website.

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    "It is striking how many major American buildings are now being built by Japanese architects, such as Ando, Taniguchi, SANAA, and others, whose work is consistently deft and sober, and often achieve a certain delicate poetry. Could this be because the strong collective sensibility of Japan discourages wayward flights of individualism—of the sort that has brought about our debased celebrity culture—and that it has succeeding in preserving a far healthier and more coherent architectural landscape than ours? Self-effacement, after all, has never been a strong suit in American architecture."
    -Michael J. Lewis

    The rise of the “starchitect
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    Herzog vs. Eisenman!
    Jeff Kipnis moderates and agitates.




    Watch the webcast here.

    Kipnis: "These are two architects, I think - among three in the world - who really have fought a lifelong battle to rescue architecture from its banality and mediocrity which it can lapse into...." (I think Kipnis would say Rem Koolhaas is the third.)

    Kipnis: for Jacques Herzog, "There is a primacy of the sensory pleasures of the building that you take to be a given condition."

    For Peter Eisenman, "The role of architecture is perhaps to cast suspicion on the degree to which the pleasures of the experiences in the building might be the primary role of the architecture and to think about the building might be its primary cultural project.... Peter you certainly don't produce a sensuous architecture, do you think?"

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    More Mies restoration


    The Social Services Administration Building at the University of Chicago, designed by the office of Mies van der Rohe and opened in 1965, will soon be restored and renovated.

    Though not a Mies masterpiece a' la Crown Hall, the SSA building has served the school well and is certainly worth maintaining.

    Leading the work will be Krueck and Sexton, who along with Gunny Harboe did such a great job restoring Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and are now renovating Mies' 860-880 Lake Shore Drive. (Painting at Lake Shore drive is almost complete. Travertine is being chosen in Italy to redo the plaza.)

    -E


    Thanks M!
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Mies in Mannheim

    As close as you're ever going to get to this unbuilt building.



    Nice sound in this video too. Nice to "walk through" this.

    The openness of it and the use of glass make me think of the auditorium at Boston's (one year old) Institute of Contemporary Art, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. In that project, fifty years after Mies, the auditorium is also open to the outside via floor-to-ceiling glass.

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Wanna buy a Mies?

Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Le Corbusier

    In Le Corbusier's Carpenter Center - Cambridge, Massachusetts
    "Untitled" (Placebo - Landscape - For Roni)
    November 8, 2007–January 4, 2008





    Shimmers. Corb's relationship to the ground is always interesting, so this posthumous placement of a Gonzelez-Torres opus, one even with the word "landscape" in the title, works well in the Carpenter Center.


    Of course, I'd also love to see it in Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology! Mies's works also bear an interesting relationship to the ground.

    The Mies Society, and IIT's College of Architecture are producing art in Crown Hall, including a collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. IIT architecture students are working on designs and environments for dances. They'll premiere in Crown Hall on January 25 and 26th - by invitation only. The first public performance will be January 27 at 5:00 pm.

    And of course, the lobby of Lever House, as of tonight, is filled with 30 dead sheep, one dead shark, two sides of beef, 300 sausages, and a pair of doves.

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Wanna buy a Gropius?


    About $12 million. In Provincetown, Massachusetts. Atop a high promontory at the tip of Cape Cod


    Rarely seen by the public, it'll go on the block next month.




    West meets East at the entrance of teak. Japanese temple-like.


    The original owners, the Murchisons sit by the pool in 1959.



    Photos and story via Boston Globe.
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    Wanna sleep in a Mies hotel?

    Crain's reports that Mies' IBM building in Chicago may become a high-end hotel.

    We had the news back in July. Along with some criticism of the changes already made to Mies' great lobby.

    Why change IBM's uses? Trump Tower (left) has blocked many of the views up the river, making it less attractive to commercial tenants.

    -E


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Thanks Coudal!

    We had a blast yesterday linking Mies and Rem at Jim Coudal's Seed Conference. Great people, great confab. Straightforward smarts. Don't miss the next one.

    We talked about how Mies designed most of the campus where the conference was held - the Illinois Institute of Technology. And how he refined his vocabulary there until he was able to create a masterpiece, the school of architecture, Crown Hall. We talked about the building we were in - Rem Koolhaas' Student Center. And about how Rem ("I don't respect Mies. I love Mies") responds to Mies in his work.

    So after our talk, we walked across the street, passed the lovely new landscaping around Crown Hall, and stepped onto Mies' travertine steps,


    I paused a moment. The shadows were just like Josef Albers' (a colleague of Mies at the Bauhaus) "Transformation of a Scheme"


    which I'd just looked at for three days in the entrance to the Yale University Art Gallery (by Louis Kahn.) With the light I saw, I knew I was in for something special in Crown. I entered Mies' "temple" - his glorious, floating, center-less space. I've been hundreds of times and had never seen it as it was on this glorious late October day.

    Light reflected up from the floor onto the ceiling, which "floated" more than usual.


    Long, gorgeous shadows were cast from the south, into the central space, also reflected upwards.


    The facade - a Mondrian-like composition of distant, middle and close view; present and future; real tree, symbol of tree; permeable, less permeable. Beautifully and rhythmically composed.


    So thanks to Coudal.com for bringing me back to Chicago, for a day, and to "the temple." Here's how Jim Coudal feels about Crown Hall.

    And if you're in Chicago, don't miss Kenneth Frampton lecture on "Reading Architecture: A Comparative Critique" in Crown Hall on Nov. 2 at 6 pm. I hope the light is stunning for you. Even if not, Frampton will be!


    Which reminds me, since I just heard Kenneth Frampton lecture at Yale on the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando (my favorite living architect?) I'd like to see IIT commission Ando, who also worships Mies, to design a building for the campus. If you're going to build, as IIT is, get the great ones. Kind of like if you're going to build on the Acropolis, as they just have. Well isn't Crown Hall the modern Parthenon? I'm sure Ando would love to do it. The question is, would he reduce his fee low enough to be affordable to IIT.

    As IIT builds, let's develop a series of buildings of the highest quality, responding to Mies. He can stand up to them all. Who would you have design for IIT?
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    This architect's website tests you before it lets you in!


    Click 'enter' once and then don't immediately click it again. Wait for the stones, then make the best design you can.


    If you're not good the site will tell you to "put some heart into it."
    Try to get "Wowsers! You rock" - when it's impressed.

    This firm is one to judge, as once you get in to their site, you'll see they do great work. It's also my current favorite architect's website.

    -E

    If you're in the Boston area, Ensamble Studio's principal architect Anton Garcia-Abril will speak this Friday at 7pm in Room 111 - Graduate School of Design - Harvard.




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    Just you, me, Mies, and Rem.

    On Monday, October 29, 2007 in Chicago, Jim Coudal, Jason Fried, and Carlos Segura will lead a presentation and discussion on
    Design, Entrepreneurship, and Inspiration
    . Click here to find out all about it. Great stuff lined up by top-thinkers and talkers in those areas.

    What's more, it'll be held in Rem Koolhaas' thought-provoking student center

    on the campus of
    Mies van der Rohe's Illinois Institute of Technology.



    So I'll fly in from Boston for this, to talk with you about Mies' work at IIT, and Rem's addition. (I write this from Seattle where I've been to Koolhaas' brilliantly original, profound and moving Seattle Public Library.)

    The October date for the SEED Conference is sold out. BUT! the organizers might schedule a second session in November. If you're not signed up for October, send them an email to crew@seedconference.com to say you want to attend in November.

    I recommend you do, because anything Jim Coudal puts together, you and I both want to see.

    See you there -- do say hello,
    -Edoardo

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