- master plan
"But much more than the sale of memorabilia is involved here. There is a Grateful Dead master plan. Most of the revenue coming in is being earmarked for an enormous project ... It is called Terrapin Station, to be built in San Fransisco, a $60 mil museum, amusement park, gathering place, concert hall, research center and possibly even a hotel for Grateful Dead fans ..." (Strauss N, nyt_98.01.06)
- fibro shack
"Australian Home Beautiful claimed in 1961 that "some of the nation's best architectural ideas are going into what used to be called 'week-enders' ... A quick survey of architects' prize-winning houses reveals a preponderance of beach houses and other weekenders.
Whether architect-designed or owner-built, weekenders and fibro flourished together. ... The spread of brick and tile suburbia to the beachside is not merely an aesthetic problem - it is also a denial of ... architectural experimental space." (Pickett C, smh_98.01.06)
- biggest elephant
-- built in 1985, modelled after London's famous Crystal Palace, which burned down in 1936. Developer Trammell Crow envisioned a huge wholesale market where makers of personal computers and all their accessories would display wares to buyers from across the country. Instead, the sprawling 1.6 mil sf building with 225,000 sf floorplates, 10 times the size of typical office building, turned out to be one of the biggest white elephants in the real-estate world. (Templin N, wsj_97.12.03)
- context protest
"When the architect wanted to paint some of the brick exteriors to more closely duplicate a real block of row houses, residents protested ...
The facility's appearance has caused an unexpected problem for property manager Les Kirk. He is always careful to tell potential customers what if looks like before they come over, but many still can't find it." (Templin N, wsj_97.12.03)
"The grandest of all ... might be the nearly $2 billion Venetian ... It will have 6,000 suites and will be a re-creatian of Venice, complete with canals and gondoliers who croon in Italian." (Pollack A, nyt_97.11.13)
[The Venetian Casino Resort]
- homey signature
"The maker of hand-woven, wooden baskets and other homey crafts is moving to a new $30 mil headquarters: a giant, free-standing replica of the company trademark basket. ...
The handles -- an engineering feat that took a year and a half to finish -- are two 300-foot-long pieces of assembled, galvanized steel that rest on 18-inch-thick pins, just as a real basket's would." (Quintanilla C, wsj_97.10.15)
"Coming soon: a $1.8 billion, 6,000-room 'Venetian themed' resort."
[Demolition of the Sands Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas 1952]
"Kmart was so determined to take Manhattan that it lopped two and a half
feet off some of its trucks" [to fit Manhattan bridges and tunnels]. (nyt
"I am a New Yorker because I hate the rest of America: ..." ("Keep
Malls in Suburbs" - Letters to Editor, nyt_96.26.10)
- absolutely not
"I think it's safe to assume the architect had some mental relationship with Absolut and this is the product of it ..." (Richard Lewis, in charge of Absolut vodka account, wsj_97.05.28)
- "I'm sure that EMC, being a casualty insurer, probably would just as soon not have the publicity" (Rod Nelson, in charge of the project, nyt_97.09.28)
[EMC Insurance Co Headquarters, Des Moines, Iowa]
- William Anderson, Brooks Borg Skiles Architecture Engineering
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