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["Mies in Berlin" + "Mies in America" -- New York]
  • glass box is almost alright
    "Plain and ordinary is preferable to the pretentious signature buildings of celebrity architects." (Ada Louise Huxtable, wsj_01.07.25)
    • shimmering brilliance
      "Mr Trump, in his cheerfully crass way, recently expressed an indifference, indeed an aversion, to big-name architects. His own name drew more paying tenants than theirs." (Comment: Buildings, wsj_01.07.25)
  • passementerie
    "The mystery remains of why he moved suddenly from the haut bourgeois success, with a wife and children, to become a solitary bachelor pursuing and architectural existence so single minded and compelling that he moved his bed into his bathroom and devoted his energies and apartment totally to the avant garde, even changing his name by adding his mother's van der Rohe to his own Ludwig Mies, with Ludwig soon forgotten." (Ada Louise Huxtable, wsj_01.07.25)

  • X-shaped polished chrome
    • "less is more"
    • "God is in the details"
    • "almost nothing"
      (Mies van der Rohe, in Ada Louise Huxtable, wsj_01.07.25)

  • Macassar ebony
    • "We know no formal problems"
    • "Form as a goal is formalism and that we reject"
    (Mies van der Rohe, in Ada Louise Huxtable, wsj_01.07.25)


  • modern fixture
    "Once upon a time, the Seagram Building on Park between 52nd and 53rd stopped traffic. Today, the revolution that it represents is taken so much for granted that we hardly see it any more." (James Gardner, nyp_01.06.21)

  • retro-chic
    "Now the pendulum is swinging back in his favor. In both exhibitions, photographs of the man in an impeccably tailored dark suit, smoking an omnipresent cigar, make him seem like everyone's architectural grandfather, a kind of Frank Sinatra of the T-square." (James Gardner, nyp_01.06.21)


  • stripped-down
    "... Mies - like many artists - went to great lengths to suppress his early work once he'd achieved what he regarded as his mature style." (Robert Campbell, bg_01.06.28)

  • bare-bones
    "Mies once said that you could learn everything you needed to know about architecture from one building, the Altes Museum in Berlin, a classical, symmetrical 19th-century work by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. But Riley and Bergdoll suggest he learned a lot, too, from a very different Schinkel work: the romantic, loosely organized Gardener's Cottage in Potsdam ..." (Robert Campbell, bg_01.06.28)

  • architectural arcana
    "But beyond the obsession with detail, there's a lot to enjoy: ... a 24-hour time-lapse film, from midnight through sunrise and sunset, of the world as seen through the glass walls of the New National Gallery ..." (Robert Campbell, bg_01.06.28)

  • national psychology
    "Both shows, incidentally, offer enormous catalogs. Less is more? If you plan to buy them, bring your wheelie suitcase." (Robert Campbell, bg_01.06.28)


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[Gehry Talks]
  • clamor
    "This is the first time I've gotten it ... And once you taste blood, you're not going to give it up." (Frank Gehry quoted by Martin Filler, nyt_99.12.05)

[VSBA 1986-1998]
  • venal impulses
    "Their genius ... is more apparent to those at a safe remove from a setting where such wry (but affectionate) appropriations hit a bit too close to home." (Martin Filler, nyt_99.12.05)

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