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Golden Lion

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[German Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin] -- previous entries : (1998)
  • cemetery-straight
    "Berlin, it used to be said, is the city that, in the rush to rebuild itself after the wall came down, hired the world's best architects, but then did its best to make sure that they built their worst buildings there." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)

  • absent of meaning
    "But despite everything, his design, ... promises to be one of Europe's most extraordinary pieces of architecture. A spectacle that defies the spectacular." (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

  • graveyard
    "With a shock of white hair that makes him look like Steve Martin, and a New Jersey rasp that suggests Donald Rumsfeld, Eisenman energetically resists any literal interpretations of the huge structure." (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

  • frisson
    "If Eisenman is evoking anything with the project, it is the experience that he had walking into an Iowa cornfield many years ago."(Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

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(*****) intensely scrutinized   in general   press   -- tax payers are whinning  

*** nyt_04.12.08

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Grand Avenue

[Caltrans District 7 Headquarters, Los Angeles]

  • bravura
    "Its glistening metal skin and hulking form evoke the relentless faith in the future - in social mobility, individual freedom, eternal youth - that made Los Angeles one of the most radical urban inventions in American history." (Nicolai Ouroussoff ,nyt_04.12.08)

  • urban grit
    "Rather than sink into despair, Mr. Mayne and Morphosis, his Santa Monica-based firm, presented a basic design package with several potential upgrades, as if Caltrans were buying a new car." (Nicolai Ouroussoff ,nyt_04.12.08)

  • ersatz
    "Caltrans bought the deluxe package. (The project was completed for about $170 million.)" (Nicolai Ouroussoff ,nyt_04.12.08)

  • shimmering slab
    "The lobby dead ends in a glass-enclosed cafeteria, a surprising decision in a design whose main theme is mobility." (Nicolai Ouroussoff ,nyt_04.12.08)

  • translucent resin
    "An unrepentant child of the 1960's, Mr. Mayne has long been obsessed with the ideals of early Modernism, particularly its utopian goals. This, more than anything else, has inspired him to tackle the big government projects that many high-end architects shy away from." (Nicolai Ouroussoff ,nyt_04.12.08)

  • refreshing anomalies
    "The city is struggling with the next phase of development along Grand Avenue, a few blocks from the Caltrans site. The project, a 10-acre retail-commercial development, is overseen by the Related Companies, the group that created the crassly commercial Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. Related was originally working with a team that included Mr. Mayne; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Elkus/Manfredi. The developer dropped Mr. Mayne and is flirting with Frank Gehry." (Nicolai Ouroussoff ,nyt_04.12.08)

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[CCTV, Beijing, China]
  • traffic flows
    "Aside from traffic, 'there are absolutely no changes'. " (Ole Scheeren, in Daniel Elsea, arec_04.08.13)

  • more CCTV : approval
  • previously

*** gua_04.08.04

[Freedom Tower, New York] -- ctd.
  • designs in tow
    "I'm not Candide, nor Dr Pangloss, but we know that faith moves mountains." (Jonathan Glancey, gua_04.08.04)
  • indelible impressions
    "His twisting design for the Freedom Tower is a play on the stance of the nearby Statue of Liberty. He finds nothing corny in designing a building 1,776ft tall, nor in the decision to lay the foundation stone on July 4." (Jonathan Glancey, gua_04.08.04)

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[-] Prada LA

[Seattle Central Library, Seattle]
  • remarkable appetite
    "Everything bad we had to say about America ... we said it in Content. Now we have to eat our words." (Rem Koolhaas, in Kester Rattenbury, bd_04.08.06)

  • wry feats
    "Here a heroic public space meets the apotheosis of the community centre." (Kester Rattenbury, bd_04.08.06)

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