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*** bg_00.01.19

[Boston Museum of Fine Arts]
  • venerable father
    "The eyesore parking lot will be relocated underground. The 1981 I.M. Pei-designed West Wing, a bland, blank gray box that many also consider an eyesore, will be camouflaged by the new enclosed court." (Christine Temin, bg_00.01.19)

  • industrial chill
    "The MFA courtyards are enormous. 'You could actually drop the Guggenheim Museum into one of them,' says de Grey. That's quite a lot of art." (Christine Temin, bg_00.01.19)

  • curatorial pool
    "Some of Foster's glass domes have been controversial, even surprising. The one he erected over Berlin's Reichstag leaks - intentionally. The 30-foot hole in the top was left open to let the rain cascade into drains that have occasionally overflowed." (Christine Temin, bg_00.01.19)

  • theme park
    "The dome also floods the debating chamber with natural light that, when combined with studio lighting for TV broadcasts, gives the parliamentarians sweaty red faces. So annoyed was the German government with what they saw as design flaws in Foster's plan that the architect's final payment was delayed." (Christine Temin, bg_00.01.19)


*** bg_99.12.15

[Bolyston Square]
  • high spine
    " 'Traffic and parking' is the last refuge of the rube, someone who prefers the bosky dales of Berkshire County to the bustle of a big city. The new cliche argument is, 'It's too tall.' ..." (Martin F Nolan, bg_99.12.15)

    • chronic irritability
      "... When the developer, Millennium Partners, built towers in the old Combat Zone, few complaints came from Chinatown. But Back Bay folks have more cash and more clout. ..." (Martin F Nolan, bg_99.12.15)

    • ingrained negativity
      "... Some Bostonians also fought the arrival of poor people. To oppose the arrival of rich people is economically stupid." (Martin F Nolan, bg_99.12.15)

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*** icon011_04.04

[Astor Place Hotel, New York]
  • airbrushed out
    "In one article, an OMA architect is allowed to explore why the much-trumpeted collaboration between OMA and Herzog &de Meuron ... ended in failure:

    'OMA is a top heavy company, geared to Rem's mood, permanently reinventing itself, swift and unpredictable ... H&deM is the product of gradual growth -- cautious, conservative and reliable in the Swiss tradition, slow-changing and competently run.' ..." (citing Content, icon_04.04.00)

*** nyt_01.06.28

[-] collaboration

[Astor Place Hotel, New York]
  • hailed
    "Mr. Schrager and the architects presented their plans to Cooper Union on May 11 to mixed reviews, although most people expected the design process to move forward." (Charles V. Bagli, nyt_01.06.28)

  • a step forward
    "But six weeks after Mr. Schrager and the architects unveiled preliminary plans for the 20-story project, they quietly scuttled their partnership. 'I terminated the collaboration because we had differences over the direction of the project,' Mr. Schrager said yesterday. 'I admire both architects, but I'm committed to going forward with the project [sic].' " (Charles V. Bagli, nyt_01.06.28)

  • coursing through
    "According to several people familiar with the collaboration, Mr. Schrager was unsatisfied with the designs, which went through a number of revisions, taking what he thought was an inordinate amount of time. One person estimated that the process had already cost more than $2 million." (Charles V. Bagli, nyt_01.06.28)

*** dom838_01.06

  • crashed meteorite
    "We looked for an opportunity to work together, inspired by mutual respect, curiosity and jealousy." (Rem Koolhaas, in dom838_01.06)

*** nyt_00.01.23

  • cultural magnet
    "'It's time to take a stand for great design,' said John Jay Iselin, president of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, which owns the parking lot where the hotel will be built over the next two years ... 'For 50 years, we've been deprived of great architecture in this city,' Mr Iselin said." (David W Dunlap, nyt_00.01.23)

  • indulgent
    "Mr Schrager, chairman and chief executive of the hotel company that developed the Paramount, Royalron and Morgans, said he was drawn to Mr Koolhaas in part because of 'Delirious New York.'" (David W. Dunlap, nyt_00.01.23)
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*** st_99.07.25

[House In Bordeaux, France]
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    "There is a clutch of good houses - one of which, in Bordeaux, comes close to the sublime." (Hugh Pearman, st_99.07.25)

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