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London Authority

     
  • immune
    "The first writer to break rank was Rowan Moore, director of the Architecture Foundation, in Perspectives. Moore found that Foster's 'style has hardened into mannerism. Inspiration has been replaced by formulae'." (Jonathan Glancey, g_04.12.18)

  • helmet-shaped
    "What you see in Norman Foster is the crisis of architecture. His career began with designs of uncompromised technical purity, developed into a mature phase of completely original expressive genius, and has matured - some would say 'declined' - into a personal style that turned the language of high modernism into a slick and splashy architectural commodity. It relies on meretricious shapes and effects rather than a humble and dutiful analysis of the client's needs." (Stephen Bayley, quoted in Jonathan Glancey, g_04.12.18)


Disney Concert Hall

     
  • sandblasting
    "Other Gehry projects have had similar problems. His $62 million swirly building for the business school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland has been likened to a tanning mirror and sent snow and ice sliding off the sloping stainless-steel roof onto the heads of pedestrians below." (Robin Pogrebin, nyt_04.12.02)


CCTV

     
  • "Kill the skyscraper"
    "Usually people in my position are polite about what other architects do ... but in this case I find it interesting to really go on the warpath against offices like SOM, KPF or anyone else who is doing huge, thoughtless towers and see what happens." (Rem Koolhaas, in Marcus Fairs, icon_04.07.07)


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  • graphic tat
    "This revolting comic book for students -- revolting in its tortuous graphic and typographical design, revolting in its charmless foreigners' English, revolting in its gratuitous pornographic imagery, and revolting in much else besides -- must surely mark a low point in Rem Koolhaas's relentless campaign of self promotion." (Boaz Ben Manasseh, arev_04.05)


Welsh Assembly
Follyrood

     
  • "Amid Setbacks"
    "... Richard Rogers's projects have repeatedly run into difficulties, above all in Britain. His scheme for a vast covered arcade of offices linking Waterloo Station with the city of London was defeated by opposition from local community groups. His plans to extend the National Gallery were rejected. His remarkable 'wave' glass roof for the South Bank arts complex was cancelled as prices for the whole complex rose to more than £200 million.

    Many of his completed buildings have engendered equal controversy. The oil refinery ethic -- and dark interiors -- of the Lloyd's building in the city was so unpopular that the occupants nearly voted to move out. ... In France huge sheets of glass in the Bourdeaux law courts cracked because contractors had fixed them too tightly ..." (Marcus Binney, lt_01.07.19)



wexner_04.12
wexner_94.11

houseII_04.12

     
  • dripping down
    "According to the director, some of her trustees got so impatient with Eisenman that she had to plead with them not to demolish the building and start again." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)
     
  • "Of babies and bathwater"
    "I read with interest the news about Eisenman's Wexner Center needing a $10 million renovation/retrofit after only 10 years. I was appalled.
    My immediate reaction was that the building should be demolished."
    (Lynn A Javoroski, CSI Milwaukee Chapter President, Department of Public Works, Architecture, Engineering and Environmental Serives Division Milwaukee, in Letters, arec_01.07)
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  • "Foster, Inc."
    "Of all Foster's curved forms the commonest is one we will politely called a mandala, although other names are suggested by its use, in the practice's Cardiff Bay Opera House submission, to form a lake fringed with hairy vegetation." (Peter Popham, Rowan Moore, blp_94.10)

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