Architecture like bell bottoms

    Click to enlarge to read the quote.
    The opening image from Jeffrey Kipnis's lecture "Why Bother?" 
    Given in the lower level of Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall 
    at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

    His last slide attributed the quote to Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757.)

    Kipnis told the students that his career as an architecture theorist takes him down a series of dead ends.  For a while he focused on understanding single surface buildings.  In another period he sought to understand swarms.  Now he's thinking about cartoon buildings.  

    Kipnis, speaking in Crown Hall, told the students that when they look back at the end of their lives, their careers probably will not have been like that of Mies van der Rohe.  Not what I call a serious ongoing investigation of eternal truths refined for the ages, but Kipnis said to the students-- your careers will be like 
                                              bell bottoms.  

    He said you'll look back and say to yourself, "What was I thinking?"

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