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Is Daniel Libeskind the worst major contemporary architect? Cheap looking if not cheap to build structures that are notorious for user complaints. A few decent projects mixed in with a ton of shlock.


I DIED, Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink


I DIED, Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

fyi that last lighting sculpture is called "masterpiece"

I DIED, Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Libeskind is such a tragedy to me because the Jewish Museum is kind of great (kind of badly flawed but kind of great), and at the very least a kind of definitive study on the idea of trying to use a building to produce certain emotional and perhaps bodily effects - - - and each subsequent piece that reuses the language to no effect at all just cheapens the impact of the one good building. That one in Cincy just blows IMO although I've talked to people that liked it.

Worst major name, I'd have to think about for a bit. There's plenty of people where they are just not to my taste at all but I believe they are competent builders who have something interesting they're trying to do so it's hard to say they should just be tarred and feathered. Hmm.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes he's the worst by some distance. "competent builder" is the last way to describe him.

jed_, Saturday, 5 May 2012 21:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think part of it may be that he just tends to accept the types of projects with questionable clients and budgets that others at his level turn down. But only a part of it.

I DIED, Sunday, 6 May 2012 02:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

I do not like those buildings.

mh, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

so it may read different in person but the photos of the H&dM/Al Weiwei Serpentine pavilion sure are disappointing :(

I DIED, Thursday, 7 June 2012 17:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

it looks totally joyless from the pics. i could have forgiven the somewhat forced/undergrad nature of the "excavation" (even though there was nothing to excavate, as it turns out, which should have been obvious) if the result had some sense of fun or any other spatial interest.

jed_, Thursday, 7 June 2012 19:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

having said that the nouvel pavillion seemed fun from the images but was kind of oppressive to spend time in.

jed_, Thursday, 7 June 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

architecture photography is a hell of a field

mh, Thursday, 7 June 2012 19:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty stoked by the concept of the pavilion but it definitely pushes up against the limits of a "statement" versus material/space/promenade/detail/whatever else might actually make up an architectural experience. I'm a fan of everybody involved so I want to give it a fair shake... we're taking the students to see it later this month hopefully.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 7 June 2012 21:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ yeah I think my high expectations where part of why I found the result so disappointing. Seems like they felt the need to create a sort of anti-pavilion but SANAA already stripped it back about as far as it could go.

I'm breaking my own rule of trying to ignore things called pavilions or viewing towers in architectural discourse as I generally think just providing shade or a platform is too low a bar to clear in terms of dealing with actual challenges of buildings.

I DIED, Thursday, 7 June 2012 22:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha yeah - - they can be nice experiments for ideas though, and at their best they really can have as much thinking and care as a building, in the way that, I dunno, a haiku can take as long to write as a novel (or whatever) but it really is a whole different order of challenges.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

(Viewing towers are the worst though, somehow!)

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 7 June 2012 23:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

architecture photography is a hell of a field

― mh, Thursday, 7 June 2012 20:27 (2 months ago)

Might I recommend the pretty (if boring) Julius Shulman Documentary Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman?

Also since I've spent a couple of days up and down by this building this weekend I have been thinking about (and cussing the budget panel that approved such an ugly monolithic building):

Kevin Roche, you should be ashamed. Actually that entire stretch at the moment is a bit shameful with the empty Anglo Irish building...

hyggeligt, Sunday, 26 August 2012 08:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I really loved the Kevin Roche exhibit I saw at the National Building Museum last month but it really glosses over some of the terrible things he's done and influenced (on the planning side even more than the aesthetic side).

Sadly, 99.99 percent of sheeple will never wake up (I DIED), Sunday, 2 September 2012 04:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.dezeen.com/2012/09/01/united-states-pavilion-at-the-venice-architecture-biennale-2012/

USA pavilion at the Biennale is I guess a wry commentary on the difficulties wheelchair users face in the built environment

Sadly, 99.99 percent of sheeple will never wake up (I DIED), Sunday, 2 September 2012 04:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

I already hawked this to I Love Photography, but FWIW I am finally starting in with the 2012 "adventure" photos, this time beginning with a chronologically-organized look at Alvar Aalto. This means opening with the "awkward early stuff for fans only" material but maybe it'll be of interest to some people here. First image here, following ones to the "left" in the Flickr interface. (I only recently realized you could just use the arrow keys to get around - whee!)

Highlights of the limited stuff posted so far:

Seinäjoki Defense Corps Buildings, 1924-1926

Villa Väinölä, 1926

Turun Sanomat Building, 1928-1930

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 27 September 2012 16:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

(2010 and 2011 "Adventure" collections coming, uh, someday. Just ordered a new film scanner the other day...)

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 27 September 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

that Turun Sanomat photo is great! Did you make it to the Savoy restaurant?

Sadly, 99.99 percent of sheeple will never wake up (I DIED), Thursday, 27 September 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks! And nope, sadly. On the trip it felt like we must have seen every Aalto building known to man, but, turns out, guy built a LOT....

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 27 September 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I watched this film over the weekend: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1233611/

I'm kind of considering a desert/Palm Springs road trip/architecture tour sometime. Has anyone been out that way? It looks like a lot of Palm Springs city buildings are of the period.

I also ended up watching Urbanized (finally) and the contrast between people in the two films who have a love of architecture and an interest in its relation to the surrounding environment juxtaposed with a Phoenix, Arizona house arrangement is depressing.

mh, Monday, 19 November 2012 22:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

There is a Modernism Week they hold out there, next one is Feb 2013. this past one included a lautner house tour that looked good, but i just couldn't work up the enthusiasm to go out there (also, the weekend tour sold out pretty quickly).

https://www.modernismweek.com/

nickn, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

thinking of taking my ridiculous architect friend, doing the reverse F&L In Las Vegas drive, go see some architecture

mh, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Looks like a lot of the home tours are already sold out. There's probably a guide (or maybe use the Gerbhard/Winter So Cal one) that you could do on your own.

nickn, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gebhard, that is. It's about a 2-2.5 hour drive for me, but I've never tried just driving out and looking around.

nickn, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sounds like a good thing to do if you're bored on a Saturday!

mh, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 01:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/509

upcoming Lebbeus Woods exhibit at SF MOMA

mh, Tuesday, 27 November 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/oscar-niemeyer-brazilian-architect-died-17890045

Rest in peace, Oscar Niemeyer - 1907-2012. The last heroic Modern.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 6 December 2012 00:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/arts/design/ada-louise-huxtable-architecture-critic-dies-at-91.html

damn, Niemeyer and now Ada Louise Huxtable, all the greats I thought would live forever are going. When all is said and done I don't know if there will be any 20th century architects seen to have changed architecture more than Huxtable's writing.

Sadly, 99.99 percent of sheeple will never wake up (I DIED), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 09:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

[http://www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/509

upcoming Lebbeus Woods exhibit at SF MO MA

We are almost finished with this show, it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

opens saturday
please don't touch, the models are disturbingly fragile (every one arrived broken)

"Turkey In The Straw" coming from someplace in the clouds (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 15 February 2013 06:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

how can you even tell if a Lebbeus Woods model is broken

Sadly, 99.99 percent of sheeple will never wake up (I DIED), Friday, 15 February 2013 13:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

It made for a very difficult conservation task.

"Turkey In The Straw" coming from someplace in the clouds (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 15 February 2013 14:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

Planning on seeing this when I'm in SF on vacation in March (please do not break them before then)

mh, Friday, 15 February 2013 15:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Guys, this Woods thing at SF MOMA is so awesome

☠ ☃ ☠ (mh), Saturday, 23 March 2013 17:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

lebbeus?

jed_, Sunday, 24 March 2013 01:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

Of course!

☠ ☃ ☠ (mh), Sunday, 24 March 2013 01:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hahaha, totally. Also I would live in terror of branches, or whole trees, ripped loose and careening down 50 stories to the street. Would make a good moment in a disaster, superhero, or shit Transformer movie, but otherwise, yikes.

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 3 April 2013 12:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas in the 1970s

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 21 April 2013 21:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

DEMONS

i lost my shoes on acid (jed_), Sunday, 21 April 2013 22:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

haha yeah, love young Rem

late 60s?

with dear old Wallace Harrison, 1977

Doctor Casino, Monday, 22 April 2013 01:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ken Frampton & Peter Eisenman, 1970

Bernard Tschumi, 1978

Doctor Casino, Monday, 22 April 2013 01:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

My best friend’s firm is competing in the following contest.

I think about her work a lot. If you like it, you should vote for M4rcu5 Gl3y5t33n Architects.

Allen (etaeoe), Wednesday, 3 July 2013 20:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

My ongoing obsession with Roosevelt Island has put Josep Lluís Sert back on my radar:

Lots more pics linked from my sprawling Roosevelt Island Flickr project starting here but also check out his buildings at Harvard - best kind of Brutalism perhaps. Real presence in these, good sense of relief and texture.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 6 July 2013 20:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Cool photos. I have a vague obsession with Roosevelt Island too - probably from watching Nighthawks as a kid. It's the only place in the states I've been that feels Soviet - especially in winter.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 8 July 2013 00:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

Thanks! Yeah, it's so unusual as a world in the States, even most other big urban renewal schemes of that period don't have that kind of sequence of spaces. Apparently it also was a shooting location for the Bruce Willis/Tracy Morgan picture Cop Out but I haven't seen that so I have no idea what exactly it looks like. The tramway seems to figure incidentally in a lot of movies (notably Spider-Man) but I think the only thing really "set" on the island is Dark Water which I've heard good things about...?

Doctor Casino, Monday, 8 July 2013 01:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

check out his buildings at Harvard - best kind of Brutalism perhaps. Real presence in these, good sense of relief and texture.

Can totally get behind this - love the Holyoke Center and Peabody Terrace (skip-stops, neighborhood hatred, and all). It was a great experience to interact with these places long before, during, and after a design education - what seemed like some uneasy but mysteriously lively spaces came to seem like little miracles of civility wrought out of HVD hegemony.

bentelec, Monday, 8 July 2013 02:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think the only thing really "set" on the island is Dark Water which I've heard good things about...?

I haven't seen the original version to compare, but i liked it. Check it out, especially with the R.I. connection.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:05 (1 year ago) Permalink


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