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SANAA receives Pritzker today

    On my way to New York to see Sejima and Nishizawa of SANAA. Thought I'd stop in Toledo, Ohio to see again their astounding Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art. Though it's open until 10 pm on Fridays (nice!) I waited until later, when no one was there. Since it's glass, and lit at night, and I'd already been inside, this worked well. Because it was so quiet. And I was alone.


    In quiet is the way to see a building. No words. Listen. Don't talk. Listen.

    I felt the great mystery of the place. A modern sphinx. At the front door, the left is transparent and behind that translucent glass. Formed in curving shapes of we know not what. The right is transparent, with a sheer curtain that spirals around creating other states of see-through. And in the center you just see clear through.

    Is this a building, this space wrapped in glass? What is a building? What is a wall, a door, a roof? What is solid? Indoor/outdoor? What of what you see is really there, and what isn't?

    My question for the architects would/will be, why doesn't this "float" a bit, off the ground, raised up, to be more ethereal?

    What I loved, and had never seen during day visits, were the shadows of the surrounding trees on the building. Trees and architecture. All architecture- even glass architecture- comes from trees, and competes and cooperates with them.

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Sorry kids, no more skateboarding on the Picasso!

    Well that was fast. Six days after we posted on people skateboarding on the Chicago Picasso statue the city erected a fence around it.




    See how nice, efficient and effective it is to have a Mayor who is powerful and who understands culture?

    Thank you to Marc Boxerman for spying the fence, photographing it and sending it in. (I'm in Los Angeles today.)

    What do you think? Since we could remake this big Cor-ten steel monster from the original maquette and blueprints, should people be allowed to play on and skateboard on the Picasso?

    Update 5/4: Read the comments to see what's really going on. (Picasso, the Spaniard, meets Cinco de Mayo in Chicago.) And here's a photo of the fence around the pool in Daley Plaza to which the commenter "t" refers.

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What Mies sees

    or would if he were alive today and looked out his Chicago living room window.


    What's that line from Franz Schulze's biography of Mies van der Rohe, where towards the end of his life he laments and says something like, "What haven't they understood?"

    What would Mies think if he saw this out his living room window?
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Louis Sullivan needs YOU!

    Question - which building in Chicago was partly financed by Czar St. Nicholas II of Russia?

    Answer:


    The Louis Sullivan-designed Orthodox Cathedral
    built 1899 to 1903


    You can help preserve it on May 14

    This inspiring work by Louis Sullivan has many urgent and costly renovation needs.

    Because those needs are greater than the Cathedral's parishioners can support, the May 14 event is designed to inform the public about the history of the building and plans for its restoration over time.

    And you never want to miss an opportunity to hear Tim Samuelson bring Louis Sullivan back to life.

    Click here for more info.

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    And on May 20, Tim Samuelson will again bring Louis Sullivan's ideas to life, this time at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. at 12:15 pm.
    Admission is free and the public is invited. Here's more info.

    Landmarks Illinois, the preservation advocacy group sponsors that one. I repeat, do not miss a chance (or two!) to hear Tim reincarnate the genius of Louis Sullivan.

    Louis Sullivan’s Idea

    Date: May 20

    Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Admission: Free

    Place: Claudia Cassidy Theater, second floor of the Chicago Cultural Center

    Speaker: Tim Samuelson, City of Chicago, Cultural Historian


    Despite his notoriety, late-19th century architect Louis Sullivan often has been misunderstood. According to Chicago’s Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson, Sullivan was not trying to be the father of modern architecture. His phrase—“Form Follows Function”—was more a philosophical idea than the actual purpose of the buildings he designed. Come hear Samuelson, the curator of an upcoming exhibit on Sullivan, try to put the pieces of this architectural puzzle into place.

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    Louis Sullivan's Idea is also the name of what is sure to be a not-to-be-missed exhibition opening June 26 at the Chicago Cultural Center.
    Chicago artist Chris Ware and cultural historian Tim Samuelson present an installation of photographs, drawings, documents, and artifacts which will portray his life, writings, and architectural works in the context of his time and original creative intent.

    Jun 26, 2010 - Nov 28, 2010
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