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[Aronoff Center, Cincinnati]
  • pre-emptive

    " ... a building designed by Peter Eisenman ... in the smallish city of Cincinnati ... has been the subject of a symposium, a dazzling opening ceremony, a television show, countless articles, this book of interpretation orchestrated by Eisenman himself ... What then is an architect, or a critic, or a book designer, or a reviewer to do?" - (Aaron Betsky, "The Book of the Building," blp136_Feb97)
    a c t u a l l y


  • "Look, Ma, no design"
    "PE's new building here is a stunning defeat of interior decoration," (Herbert Muschamp , nyt_96.07.21)

  • emperor's new DAAP

    " ... grumbled mildly - 'Only Peter could have gotten us to show up for this,' said Mr. Graves, no media-shy figure himself - ..." on the opening of Aronoff Center which consisted of a black-tie dinner, a ribbon cutting, an evening of performing art inspired by the building's design, and a two-day symposium 'summit meeting' presided over by Charlie Rose, who taped it for eventual broadcast on his public television program, featuring among others ... ..." - (Paul Goldberger, nyt_96.10.14.)

[Fred and Ginger, Prague]
  • pet limit
    " ... [Gehry] felt words have power to limit, and therefore to exclude. ...
    Gehry sometimes does put labels on buildings ... like jokes or pet names." (Herbert Muschamp, "A Masterpiece for Now" nyt_97.09.09)


[Villa Dall'Ava, St Cloud, Paris]
  • delirious grandma
    " ... 'Unfortunately,' said Koolhaas ... 'I know everything'... " - (Rem Koolhaas, in Charles Gandee, "The Ideal Villa," hg_Mar92)


[Wexner Center, Columbus]
  • public nudity
    "... the confluence of an interesting but not spectacular building with spectacular celebration. ... Rarely has a building been inaugurated as was the Wexner Center, where the leading elder statesman of architecture ... joined some of the current leading lights ... - not to mention representative of the so-called avant-garde circuit ... They honored Eisenman's first major project in the US, presented to the public nude, with no visual art to distract from the building." (Diane Ghirardo, pa_Nov94)

  • joy of materials
    "Eisenman once visited the Etruscan tombs at Cerveteri, but he saved himself the trouble of touring them by purchasing postcards." (Diane Ghirardo, pa_Nov94)

ambushed -- h o s t i l e   f i r e
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["Z" Bank, Vienna]
  • thought police
    " ... Toshio Nakamura (editor of a+u) spending four days in Vienna in the early 1980's and being driven anywhere except past Gunther Domenig's "Z" Bank. Toshio is too professional to be put off ... and having wormed his way over to the bank out of sight of his captors, had the wit to publish it wham bang on the cover of his magazine." (Peter Cook, "An Architecture of Optimism," dom743_92.11)

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h y p e r c a r d b o a r d

u l t i m a t e   m e d i a   h y p e

barely drawn -- on front-pages/ cover-pages of general press


[AT&T Headquarters, New York]
  • gleeful malice
    "Commenting on Philip Johnson┬╣s AT&T building, Sorkin says, typically: 'Not to put too fine a point on it, the building sucks' ... This critic offers his most caustic comments ... with a weary sense of redressive dutifulness -- in fact, he gave up his regular Voice column in 1989 because he wearied of finding little to praise in New York architecture" (William S Saunders, "From Taste to Judgement," gsd_w/s99)

p e n u l t i m a t e

barely built -- on coverpages of non-architectural/ design/ art press - prior to construction

d u s t - m a s t e r

b_a_r_e_l_y -- on coverpages - prior to occupation

p e e r   p r e s s u r e

barely dry -- blanketing trade rags



[Congrexpo, Lille]
  • l'architecte du roi
    "Lille has been shot to ribbons by the French intellectuals. The entire city mafia, I'd say, who call the tune in Paris, have renounced it a hundred per cent. I think that was partly because it has had no intellectual defence. They simply saw it as a return to La Defense, and no more than that." (Rem Koolhaas, The Critical Landscape 1996 010 Rotterdam)

*** st_99.07.25

  • clutch
    " ... not to mention the entire unreal district of Euralille in Northern France: a theoretical masterplan that, rather unexpectedly, got built." (Hugh Pearman, st_99.07.25)

f r o n t c o v e r
u n d e r c o v e r - c o v e r   u p - c o v e r t   o p

bare all -- upon completion

[Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam]

[Hotel Il Palazzo, Fukuoka]

[Giovannitti Residence, Pittsburgh]

a d v e r t i s e m e n t  -   f o r   -   a r c h i t e c t u r e

[CMU Research Institute, Pittsburgh]

i s

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  • corner rock
    "Executives here can't jockey for corner offices with windows and views, since there aren't any. But the fanciest offices do have certain charms, exposed limestone walls, for instance. SubTropolis's general manager, Mr Steadman, has such a craggy outcropping in his office. ...

    An ad for SubTropolis reads: 'Close to the airport, downtown -- and quite possibly, China." (Carrns A, "Between a Rock And a Hard Place Toil the Mole People" - wsj_98.04.02)


  • amuparkadium
    "... spend the day hanging out at a private pool ... soak in adjacent hot tub and catch some rays on a sun-tanning deck.

    And if they want, they can watch a little baseball.

    ... shopping, hair salons, brew pubs and cigar bars. ... people who got bored with baseballs can go to a stadium mall underneath the outfield stands and shop for a new car." (Walker S, "Hair Salons, Hot Tubs and ... Oh, Yeah, Baseball" - wsj_98.03.27)


  • ukulele-nium
    "This isn't just the usual hyperbole. The vista of Vancouver Harbor's Indian Arm is spectacular, and to get a spot in Mr Mitchell's five-story white-marble building, you really do have to be dead.

    Atop the 110-foot-high edifice, mourners will be able to watch loved ones being cremated on a pyre overlooking the city. Below will be theme floors: one for Catholics, with a nativity scene; a floor for Buddhists, with statutes and incense burners; one for Canadian military veterans, with medals and weaponry; and a simulated tropical island, with palm trees and piped-in ukulele music, for late memebers of Vancouver's substantial Fijian community." (Carlton J, wsj_98.03.09)


  • smoking fuselage
    "... designed to appeal to those among us who are drawn to car wrecks, burning buildings, collapsed bridges and other acts of destruction.

    The mayhem, Mr Turner says, will be 'mesmerizing.'" (Gibson R, wsj_98.02.26)

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[Millennium Tower, London]
  • mi££ionnium
    "Foster Holdings reported a 21 per cent jump in its pre-tax profits to £1.2million in the year ending April 1995. Foster himself received a salary of £457,294 in the year, twice as much as in the year before." (aj_96.05.09 - 10:29:10)


[Peter B Lewis Residence, Lyndhurst]
  • endgame
    D. How did you know when something as complex as this chess game was up? How did you know when the game was over and when the house was right?
    G. Well the client was a part of it. He would come and look at the project and add a sprinkle of paprika by saying, "How much is it costing?" And we would say, "$50 million," and he would say, "Oh, how much does Bill Gates' house cost? We said, "Oh, about $60 million." He'd say, "Oh, okay. We're okay." So those were the little sprinkles of encouragement. The house got up to $80 million and it was flabby. There were a lot of good ideas in it, but it was flabby. (Cynthia Davidson interviewed Frank Gehry, in "Project: Frank O Gehry, The Lewis Residence," ANY 12 1996, "The Dimensions of Play.")
  • "A Xanadu That Didn't -- Or, How a Gehry House Come To a Naught,"
    "an idolatrous crush ... an elaborate tango of flirtation and desire ..." (Leigh Brown); "an odd and asymmetrical love relationship ..." (unnamed critic); "a fertilized egg in a deep freeze" (Kurt Foster); "an armada floating in the mist" (Gehry).
    (Patricia Leigh Brown, nyt_97.05.06)


  • lewis' labor
    40,000 sf, $82 mil. private residence on a nine acres with a stream running through, 11 [ ELEVEN ] years in design, a public scholarly seminar (Guggenheim Forum, the "Peter B Lewis Critical Issues Forum," held, of course, in the Peter B Lewis Theater), a documentary film, a book, AND unbuilt. (Leigh Brown P, nyt_97.06.05)

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