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[German Holocaust Memorial, Berlin] -- previous entries, (1998)
  • American football
    "His preoccupation ... is with numbers. His submission for the Ground Zero competition took the form of a cluster of towers, each 1,111 feet high. He got married on 11 November. And there was one report that the Holocaust memorial was going to end up with 2,711 slabs." (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

  • model lucidity
    "'Presence is a secondary condition, ... a trace of another condition, a writing which is not written to reinforce meaning.' ." (Peter Eisenman, in Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

  • mathematical phenomena
    "This dichotomy between the affable, anything but opaque, private Eisenman and the public figure is a feature that no doubt kept his pair of psychoanalysts busy all through the 1980s, one of them on the phone from California, the other face to face in New York." (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

  • linguistic theory
    "The first time I met him, he told me about the time he had to leave Cambridge in a hurry after collecting his PhD, something to do with an angry don and a shotgun, apparently." (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)


  • occult geometry
    "There is an Eisenman designed T-shirt on sale in the museum shop;
    'I am not difficult, architecture is'."
    (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

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[National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics, Beijing, China]
  • prudent
    "The construction of a couple of main venues for the 2008 Games including the National Stadium which will host the opening, closing ceremonies and football finals, has halted, raising nationwide speculation that the original designs for the venues are too much for the organizers to handle." (CD, xin_04.08.13)

  • down-to-earth
    "... But construction experts claim that the plan will be difficult to realize and is expected to consume a massive 50,000 tons of iron and steel." (CD, xin_04.08.13)

  • luxurious expenses
    "Another stadium, the Wukesong Cultural and Sports Centre, which will host the Olympics basketball competition, also drew criticism from the experts who claimed what will be the world's biggest television screen, which will cover the entire surface of the stadium, would cause light pollution and make it hard for surrounding residents to sleep at night." (CD, xin_04.08.13)

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[Seattle Central Library, Seattle]
  • information store
    "Seattle is the city in which American architectural reputations are made or lost. But mostly lost." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.10.17)

  • fulminating
    "For Rem Koolhaas, unlike all his predecessors, Seattle has turned into a career-saver. After a grim year in which every project that he touched, from expanding the Whitney, to building a hotel for Ian Schrager, ended up in him getting fired ..." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.10.17)

  • embarassingly positive
    "Now he was back, eating some of his more embittered words about America." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.10.17)

  • hefty diagonal
    "Koolhaas is an architect devoted to the pursuit of pessimism, but Seattle is a city that has warmed him up." (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.10.17)

  • daunting rules
    " 'Verbally or physically threatening or harassing other patrons, volunteers or staff, including staring, lurking, offensive touching and obscene acts' is enough to get patrons banned. So is 'using restrooms for bathing or shampooing, doing laundry or changing clothes, lying down, or sleeping.' " (Deyan Sudjic, obs_04.10.17)

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