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Gropius Gone, Gropius Reborn

    Good buildings live on, 
    long after fools smash them asunder. 

    Sadly, this is gone forever:

    But reborn as:

    This is the first in a series of sculpture/furniture pieces that are based on the architecture of Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus. Specifically, I am making IKEA models of all eight mid-century Modern Gropius buildings that are currently being demolished by the City of Chicago.     
    Thus spoke Jeff Carter, the man who made this "Cabinet for Walter Gropius" ("Das Kabinett des Doktor Gropius"?)  Brilliant work.

    The collection of buildings to which he refers is mostly gone.  They made up the campus of Michael Reese hospital on Chicago's South Side.  Walter Gropius and others designed them, Sasaki contributed the wonderful landscape.   In a bone-headed move, the city demolished this beauty, partly to make way for the 2016 Olympic Games.  In the end those games were awarded to Brazil, not Chicago.

    The photo at the top is of the late Michael Reese Power Plant.  Here are the other Michael Reese buildings.  And more photos and information on the campus, with a video I made in front of the Power Plant, of the man valiantly attempting to save all this.

    I can't wait to see Carter's other Reeses pieces. What a living room that will be.

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    Thanks to Jeff Jacobs of Design Organization for suggesting this for HB!.

    PS - Although it's not threatened, Jeff, would you make me an IKEA Crown Hall?  Or an IKEA Prentice Hospital, which is threatened?
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Renzo Piano speaks about his "grand projet" at LACMA

"Le Corbusier" in L.A.

    Top:  Le Corbusier - Chapel at the Monastery de La Tourette, near Lyon, France
    Bottom: Wolf Prix / Coop Himmelb(l)au - Central Los Angeles High School #9 

    Then this:
    Wolf Prix: When I was 18 and ready to go to university my father sent me to see Le Corbusier’s Monastery of Sainte Marie de La Tourette near LyonFrance. It is an extraordinary building. When I saw the monastery’s chapel I was speechless. I decided – if this is architecture – I want to be an architect.   
    Prix's tower has a energy that spirals upward.  In the same 2008 interview he tells Vladimir Belogolovsy:
    Wolf Prix: When I was 10 or 11 my father took me to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and showed me the famous painting by Pieter Bruegel of the Tower of Babel. I was thrilled by this picture, but it bothered me that the tower didn’t have a spire. In other words it was unfinished. I think the duty of every architect is to finish the Tower of Babel.

    Each time I see this high school tower rising over the freeway it thrills me.  It excites, captivates, intrigues, scares and puzzles me.  I'm always trying to figure it out -- (scroll and scroll).  The Corb connection helps.  

    And this connects the high school even more strongly to the Rafael Moneo-designed cathedral across the freeway.  Like much of Moneo's work, his cathedral for L.A. is heavily Corbusian.

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