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[South Bank, London]
  • Trocadero-on-Thames
    "This does not mean it is timid. It takes some nerve to knock down major arts buildings like the Hayward and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, rebuild them somewhere else, and calmly install a multiplex cinema where they once stood ... reeking of popcorn trodden into fitted carpets, and with all the dismal tat ..." (Moore R, les_98.12.07)


[San Jose City Hall]     *** more
  • dysfunctional meeting
    "Hired a year ago, Meier spent his first six months working from elaborate design guidelines approved by the previous mayor and council. The new mayor, Ron Gonzales, and others have been judging Meier's designs based on their own ideas, without clearly communicating that the rules had changed." (Editorial, sjmn_00.01.13)

    • an architect with an ulcer
      "What's not clear is whether Meier can meet the new criteria. Gonzales wants a building that says 'government' all over it, with classical signals like a dome or columns.

      Meier is known for his distinctive designs, but also for his ability to work with communities. San Jose is giving him an unparalleled opportunity to demonstrate this latter talent." (Editorial, sjmn_00.01.13)

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    "Meier's plans don't fit San Jose. Not for any reason HizRonner or the council may say. They don't fit because San Jose is a 21st century city. Meier and the people who hired him were thinking in the 19th century." (Joe Rodriguez, sjmn_99.12.14)

*** nyt_98.08.13
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[William J Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock]
  • atwitter
    "But the architectural world really went atwitter when Mr Gwathmey was seated at the President's table at a White House dinner on June 17 for the presentation of the Pritzker Architecture Prize to Renzo Piano ...

    'It was sort of obvious,' said Mr Gehry, the Los Angeles-based creator of the wavy titanium steel facade ... 'Everybody said, 'Oh, he's doing the library!'" (Purdum TS, nyt_98.08.13)

  • empathy
    "... President gave Mr Gehry some reason for hope, too.

    'He came up to me and waved his arms like he was describing Bilbao and said, "I can see it all now in Arkansas," ' Mr Gehry said with a chuckle. 'I think he's probably gone from architect to architect." (Purdum TS, nyt_98.08.13)



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[Zuidas, South Amsterdam]
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    "So important is the project ... they are contemplating digging their own canal." (Raghavan A, wsj_98.12.09)

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*** age_98.11.08

[National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula on Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra]

  • colored protuberances
    "The museum's council chairman, former Liberal Party president Tony Staley, told the crowd he remembered Prince Philip opening Parliament House in 1988.
    'He looked up at it and said, 'Does anyone like this building?' Mr Staley recalled." (Annabel Crabb, age_01.03.12)

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    'I really think this new museum kills the new Victorian Museum,' he threw in for good measure." (Tony Staley , in Annabel Crabb, age_01.03.12)

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