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(*****) hyped-up, over-enthused, all-the-fuss   -- general press uncurbed enthusiasm


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v e d e t t e   b a n k   c u r r e n c y   i n d e x

f r i e n d l y   p l u g s
(*****) manic-ly promoted, hysterically buffed-up, in architectural press


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(*****) massively-ballyhooed -- in architectural -- and general -- press
  -- built hypes; serious distortion of ratio of production to prestige


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a m b u s h e d -- h o s t i l e   f i r e
(*****) contested projects in general -- and architectural -- press
  -- local-yocals are whinning


  • German Holocaust Memorial -- "The Field" -- south of the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin -- Peter Eisenman, at 72

      "2,751 charcoal grey concrete monoliths ... spreading over nearly five acres of central Berlin"

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m o b b e d
(*****) intensely scrutinized   in general   press   -- tax payers are whinning


  • Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, Los Angeles -- Thom Mayne/Morphosis
        ~ across the intersection from City Hall between the cultural landmarks of Grand Avenue and Little Tokyo
        ~ 1.2 million square feet of office space, a 140,000-square-foot site
        ~"budget, roughly $165 million"
        ~"completed for about $170 million"
        ~ inaugurated in September

    also-ran: Rem Koolhaas of the Netherlands, Benedetta Tagliabue of Barcelona


  • Federal Building, San Fransisco -- Morphosis
      $144 mil
      to be completed 2005
      "less than 70 feet wide"
      "the building will use substantially less electricity than other buildings its size, perhaps 50 percent less."
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o e d i p u s
(*****) f r i e n d l y   f i r e   -- ex students are whinning
-esque -esq


  • genealogy
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o f f   t h e   r a d a r
(*****) non disclosure   p r o t e c t i o n   -- clients are whinning


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t h e   t h o u g h t   p o l i c e
(*****) f.o.b. -- not friends of ...   -- old timers disapprove


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f r o z e n   d i n n e r
(*****) shunned out -- belaboring in obscurities


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s u p e r m o d e l
c a r d b o a r d a n i s t a s

u l t i m a t e   m e d i a   h y p e

barely drawn -- on frontpages/ coverpages of general press
'good-copy' -- media darlings


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p e n u l t i m a t e

barely approved -- architects, not buildings - famous prior to construction


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d u s t - m a s t e r

barely dry -- dust jackets, fonr covers, double spreads - prior to occupation


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p e e r   p r e s s u r e

barely built -- blanketing trade rags


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f r o n t c o v e r
u n d e r c o v e r - c o v e r   u p - c o v e r t   o p

bare all -- upon completion


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a r c h i t e c t u r e  -   f o r   -   a d v e r t i s e m e n t


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--   r a n d o m   f o r t n i g h t l y   s n a p s h o t   --


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(*****) frivolous, exquisite
home and garden



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(*****) more frivolous, exquisite



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s t a t s . u n . s e e n


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