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/2007/12/
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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/2007/12/
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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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