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[German Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Berlin] -- previous entries : (1998)
  • predictably traumatic
    "Building the monument ... began back in 1998 when Richard Serra, who had worked on the original competition entry for the memorial with Eisenman, pulled out citing personal and professional reasons." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)

  • Holocaust-deniers
    "The design was scaled down to meet the objections of those Berlin politicians who thought that this 'wreath-dumping ground' as Michael Naumann, the culture minister at the time put it, was simply too imposing for such a prominent site." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)

  • gloat over
    "It survived bitter complaints from another competitor, Daniel Libeskind, once a protege of Eisenman's, now a bitter enemy, that the design owed more than was good for it to an idea of Libeskind's." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)

  • Zyklon B
    "It even managed to survive a backfiring attempt at jocularity by Eisenman, who pointed out that the same supplier also manufactured his gold fillings." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)

  • oppositional
    "'With Albert, there is a bit of an edge, but we are great friends. It's the fascination of the other; Albert always wanted to be a Jewish intellectual, and I always wanted to be a f...' " (Peter Eisenman, in Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)

  • machine gun-speed
    "After 30 years of work, he has finally published his book on Giuseppe Terragni, the Italian blackshirt architect who fought for Mussolini on the Eastern Front, and whose greatest work was the fascist party headquarters in Como, which has hypnotised him ever since he first saw it." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)
  • bonhomie
    "Eisenman's client for his biggest project, in Santiago de Compostela, is Manuel Fraga, an octogenarian political godfather who was once a minister for Franco." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.12.19)

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[National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics, Beijing, China]
  • latticework
    "Work on China's 3.5 billion yuan (S$730 million) national stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games has been suspended, amid calls for a redesign and cost cuts." (AP, reu_04.08.05)

  • thrifty
    "The 100,000-seat stadium's 'bird-cage' design would have to be axed, a spokesman for the Games organisers said, as local governments across China scramble to curb extravagance and halt 'white elephant' projects under an ongoing central government drive to prevent the economy from overheating." (AP, reu_04.08.05)
  • stability
    "Plans to build a towering 5 billion yuan headquarters for broadcaster China Central Television were shelved recently. The 230m high structure would have been the tallest building in Beijing." (AP, reu_04.08.05)

  • safety
    "Sources said the plan drew the ire of Premier Wen Jiabao, who has tried to rein in investments in real estate, cement, auto production and steel projects to avert economic fallout." (AP, reu_04.08.05)

  • practicality
    "Dubbed the 'Bird Nest' by the Chinese press, the original plan called for up 160,000 tonnes of steel - four times the average for a conventional building, said Mr Peng Peigeng, an architecture professor at Tsinghua University." (AP, reu_04.08.05)

  • environmental protection
    "According to Hong Kong's pro-Beijing daily Wen Wei Po, the suspension arose from a report submitted by 10 senior academics with links to the construction sector." (AP, reu_04.08.05)

  • waste of resources
    "The central government reportedly heeded the views and set the rule that organisers should not 'have their eyes only on things big and foreign'." (AP, reu_04.08.05)

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[Seattle Central Library, Seattle]
  • overwrought praise
    "When the hype has died down, what will remain is another self-contained architectural object that adds little to public life around it. And this certainly shouldn't come as a shock, given that Koolhaas himself once famously proclaimed public space to be obsolete." (Benjamin Fried, pps_04.07.00)

  • unbridled enthusiasm
    "Even more troubling than the flaws in Koolhaas's building is the fact that critics have cast it as a masterpiece of public space design." (Benjamin Fried, pps_04.07.00)

  • chimed in
    "As if blinded by the architect's knack for flash and publicity, they cannot locate, or perhaps refuse to acknowledge, the faults in his creation." (Benjamin Fried, pps_04.07.00)

  • weighed in
    "This myopia points to a larger flaw, the thirst of design critics for edgy buildings by big-name architects. Architecture that pushes the envelope does not necessarily result in good buildings, but it always yields provocative subject matter to write about." (Benjamin Fried, pps_04.07.00)

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