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*** beijing_wknd_04.10.01

[1st Architectural Biennial Beijing 2004]
  • hottest topic
    "During the past three years, I have surveyed many smaller cities and towns around China. I have discovered that they are all becoming clones of each other; no variety, no characteristics, no innovation, and seldom any long-term planning. This is the current appearance of booming Chinese cities." (Chen Guili, one of the authors of China Farmers Survey, in Xiao Changyan, bw_04.10.01)

  • unprecedented explosion
    "It is stupid to sacrifice our architectural culture to pursue artifices that have no bearing on human life." (Zhang Yiwu, a professor at Peking University, in Xiao Changyan, bw_04.10.01)

  • astounding work
    "Instead of utilizing well-educated domestic architects, we canonize these international designers." (Zhang Baoquan, developer and chairman of the Jindian Property Group, in Xiao Changyan, bw_04.10.01)

  • naturally in-depth
    "The biggest barrier for international architects is that they must face a country with 5,000 years of culture and history. ... . Many have tried to integrate our unique culture in their works, but most can only express it on the surface." (Zhang Zaiyuan, a researcher at the International Architecture Association, in Xiao Changyan, bw_04.10.01)

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*** smh_04.10.23

[Kellyville, Albion Park, faux Federation Architecture, State of Our Culture etc.]
  • brio
    "... is the mood of the culture that is Australia today. Fearful, conservative, ignorant of its possibilities, afraid of change, always reaching back to the past for reassurance and comfort ...

    Murcutt is not talking federal politics ... "
    (Angela Bennie, smh_04.10.23)

  • tectonic politics
    "It is unbelievable. ... And I fear for a society that is forever looking backwards." (Glenn Murcutt, in Angela Bennie, smh_04.10.23)

  • confounded
    "When I look at places like Kellyville [in Sydney] and Albion Park [Wollongong], I become really concerned about the state of our culture. ... Frankly, where places like Kellyville and Albion Park are concerned, this is not architecture, this is merchandise." (Glenn Murcutt, in Angela Bennie, smh_04.10.23)

  • neo-passionist
    "With the prize-winning Murcutt as founding president, and a founding board of like-minded souls including leading architects such as Richard Johnson, Alex Popov and Harry Seidler, the association is fired with an evangelical zeal to promote contemporary architecture to the citizenry of Australia." (Angela Bennie, smh_04.10.23)

  • up in arms
    "Remember the passion expressed about the development at East Circular Quay?" (Glenn Murcutt, in Angela Bennie, smh_04.10.23)

  • evangelism
    "Murcutt, for his part, is unashamedly evangelical in the use he makes of his own passion." (Angela Bennie, smh_04.10.23)

  • whole construct
    "Contemporary architecture, Murcutt says, venting spleen, 'is not just about flat roofs and glass!' ... 'I go after the conjunction of the rational and the poetic." (Angela Bennie, smh_04.10.23)

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*** nyt_04.10.31

[Orange County Government Center, Goshen New York ]
  • corduroy concrete
    "We have 87 roofs, and every one of them leaks." (Orange County executive, Edward A. Diana, in Fred A Bernstein, nyt_04.10.31)
  • anomali
    "Baby boomers, in Goshen and elsewhere, have made their preference for traditional architectural styles clear. Houses with faux Colonial, Georgian and Mediterranean details are far more common than contemporary homes, even in left-leaning suburbs." (Fred A Bernstein, nyt_04.10.31)

  • hulking maze
    "My clients include some of the most liberal people in the country, and they want traditional houses." (Robert AM Stern, in Fred A Bernstein, nyt_04.10.31)

*** nyt_04.10.31

[Chatham Towers, north of Brooklyn Bridge, New York ]
  • Cuban modernist
    "New residents, failing to appreciate the building's Corbusian details, have tried to redo the elevators in brass and mahogany" (Helen Rachlin, a longtime resident, in Fred A Bernstein, nyt_04.10.31)

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