- current little project
"But with Lord Rogers now in position at the head of the Government's Urban Task Force ... Britain has probably the most influential architect in terms of government policy ... The practice has been selected to design the new Welsh Assembly building. Its other current little project, the Millennium Dome, may be controversial for its cost and its contents, but in terms of its design it is breathtaking.
The trouble for the architecture business is that Rogers's influence at court comes from his political convictions rather than his architectural ones ..." (-- "the fascinating three-way race to become the new president of the RIBA ...," in Scott RD, sct_99.01.23)
- labyrinthine clarity
"During the 1950s, Van Eyck ranked among the most articulate of a generation of architects who began to attack modernism for its functionalist abstraction--in particular, the deadening alienation of the modern urban environment. He worked to create an architecture more rooted in the complexity and multiplicity of urban life." (lat_99.01.18)
"The former poster boy of post-modern architecture is coming out with a line of kitchen accessories for Target, the discount chain. By Jan 27, the first 150 items of the Graves Design collections will be on display at Target's 851 stores, priced from $3.99 for a spatula called the Hipper Flipper to $40 for a toaster whose fluid shape recalls a Bakelite radio (it's nicknamed 'Toast Modern') to $499 for an Indonesian-harwood patio set." (Patton P, nyt_99.01.14)
"I am not a stylist. I have no taste. I'm not an interior designer," he insists. "Instead, I work to find the real sense, the real meaning of things. Our secret is we respect everybody. We spend so much tenderness to try something new and magical and surrealistic and surprising and friendly. People think it's a style, but it's not. It's a way of thinking. It's a statement saying we respect you, we love you, we want to make you happy." (Philippe Starck in usat_98.11.30)
"... the wild look is an open invitation to wildlife. Large carnivores, such as coyotes and mountain lions ... toads, snakes and deer ... 'pukeballs': nasty bits of half-digested seafood, crab and lobster that yellow-crowned night herons ..." (Lowell R, wsj_98.08.21)
- au naturel
"Greg Rubin, a San Diego landscape designer, put the cost of installing wild lawn (including barriers and irrigation) at $2 to $3 a square foot, about the same as a conventional trim-and-prim lawn. On a typical half-acre lot, that amounts to as much as $60,000.
... Susie Meyer, who shelled out $500 a month for a 'mow and blow' service for her old manicured lawn, now pays an additional $1,200 a month for a service that prunes her natural garden and trims her native plants. ... "But no pain, no gain.'" (Lowell R, wsj_98.08.21)
"The biggest of those advertisers -- at least in terms of neon acreage -- will be the Nasdag market ... Nasdag recently signed a deal to build the largest single sign in Times Square: a $15 million, multimedia kaleidoscope of stock tickers, video screens and colorful billboards that will festoon the cylindrical tower of the building ... [the Conde Nast building]
The sign will be big -- roughly the size of three basketball courts -- but it will hardly be alone." (Bagli CV, nyt_98.08.20)
"Every era has it Zeitgeist, enshrined in sticks and bricks: The unassuming 1940s Cape Cod. The self-consciously modern '50s rambler. The at-war-with-itself '60's split-level. Architects and builders say the house of the next decade will reflect end-of-century anxieties about privacy and security." (Fletcher J, wsj_98.08.07)
"Diane Legge Kemp, another former Skidmore architect, saw her new firm, DLK Architecture, capture co-designer work for the new Goodman Theater." (Vargas A, wsj_98.07.08)
"DeStefano & Partners snagged as a client developer Dan McLean, who ..." (Vargas A, wsj_98.07.08)
"Mr Lagrance earned what is arguably is the highest-profile assignement in CHicago's latest boom, the 67-story Park Tower, a hotel and luxury condo project by Hyatt ..." (Vargas A, wsj_98.07.08)
"In Mexico, there's no avoiding La Capital, the sprawling, smoggy, crime-ridden megalopolis ... That is, unless you can find a place in Santa Fe. ...
Aesthetically speaking, Santa Fe isn't much to look at. There are two buildings designed by famous Mexican architects Ricardo Legorreta that combine bold colors with intricate form. But there are also several developments that either hew to the mirrored-glass look favored in US airport office parks or that Mr Hulbert says 'are so ugly that they look like they were designed without an architect.'" (Frieland J, wsj_98.06.24)
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