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- 2nd placers
[Musee du Quai Branly, Paris]
- Long Live Nouvel
"Viewed from above, the roof seems to be squeezed out from existing building on either end of the site, as if they were two pasta machines facing each other for lasagna-making contest." (Herbert Muschamp, nyt_00.01.30)
- anatomy lesson
"The building is a muscle mass -- a leg or torso -- laid bare on an operating table of urban scale. ... The intention is to free tribal artifacts from the strict taxonomy of the Western grid ... to liberate Western thought from Cartesian objectivity." (Herbert Muschamp, nyt_00.01.30)
o t h e r " m i g h t - h a v e - b e e n s "
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i n m e m o r i a m
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- competition fiasco
"The history of architectural competitions is littered with ill will,
incompetence, chauvinism, sour grapes, nepotism, the clash of
monstrous egos, and even downright dishonesty."
("Architects in Competition," ed. Hilde de Haan and Ids Haagsma;
Blp48 Jun88 p55)
r e d u x
i am baaack!!!
[Aura Restaurant, Miami Beach]
- groomed voice
"Some people keep wondering what this old man is doing with this young woman ... She makes the work possible. She's an excellent draftswoman. ... I depend on her. She edits me. I want to design, but that's all I want to do." (Morris Lapidus, in Joseph Giovannini, nyt_99.12.23)
- architectural fishbowl
"When critics ostracized him, he was deeply hurt. The bitter architect sent truckloads of drawings to the incinerators when he closed his office in 1984." (Joseph Giovannini, nyt_99.12.23)
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(Michael Graves, CSPA2)
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