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*** g_04.12.19

*** ap_98.08.10
*** r_98.04.15
*** dn_98.03.04

[German Holocaust Memorial, Berlin] -- previous entries, 1998
  • melting Eiffel Tower
    "Frank Gehry, who last year found himself in receipt of a letter signed by Eisenman that began:

    'Dear Frank, We think you are a prick' ...

    The letter was the product of Gehry complaining about the insulting fees being offered to participants in the Ground Zero competition. ." (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

  • hidden allusion
    "Nor would Eisenman's first clients, the now divorced academic couple for whom he built a house at Princeton. Florence and Richard Falk met Eisenman at a cocktail party and they talked about a Chomskyesque house. 'I don't know what it meant, but it sounded good,' Richard Falk told the New York Times. What it turned out to be was a house with leaky skylights and a complete lack of acoustic privacy that went way over budget." (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

  • hermetic artist
    "'Peter misled me somewhat deliberately about the economics,' Falk said. Eisenman replied angrily: 'I don't design houses with the nuclear family idea, because I don't believe in it as a concept. I was interested in doing architecture, not in solving the Falks privacy problems.' ." (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

  • impatient trustees
    "The Wexner Centre for the Arts in Ohio, Eisenman's first substantial cultural building completed in 1989, is closed for a $10 million rebuilding whose chief purpose is to make a practical place in which to show art, free from the risk of water dripping down the walls and blinding sunshine fading the paintings." (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)


  • scuttlebutt
    "Eisenman's role as an intellectual force in contemporary architecture is secure. The verdict on his buildings will very much depend on the way the Compostela project, a huge cultural complex, including an opera house, and library, turns out. He is quick to deny the persistent stories that he has lost control of the building process." (Deyan Sudjic, g_04.12.19)

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*** cna_04.09.13

[CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, China]
  • inverted L-shaped
    "Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has finally won approval to build its 600 million-dollar headquarters in Beijing, 18 months after the project was halted, state press said." (afp, cna_04.09.13)

  • over-heated
    " 'I can say for certain, that the China Central Television's project in the central business district has just received the approval of the central government,' the head of Beijing's Chaoyang district government, Chen Gang, told Monday's China Youth Daily." (afp, cna_04.09.13)

  • more CCTV

  • previously on CCTV


*** bg_04.09.07

    [Freedom Tower, New York]

  • copacetic
    "It would be hard to find stranger bedfellows than Libeskind and Childs. Libeskind is a bizarre-looking Euro clad in black; Childs is a portrait in corporate button-down collar." (Sam Allis, bg_04.09.07)

  • nemesis
    "Each belittles the other work. ... the two are working in separate galaxies." (Sam Allis, bg_04.09.07)

  • slugfest
    "Silverstein is a traditional New York real estate operator, ... They don't want to give you snow in a blizzard." (veteran New York lawyer Ed Hayes, in Sam Allis, bg_04.09.07)
  • juicy stuff
    "David said, `I have no intention of working with you. I have no intention of doing your building. I have no intention of doing the Freedom Tower. I couldn't care less about the Statue of Liberty." (Nina Libeskind, in Sam Allis, bg_04.09.07)

  • hammers out
    "Betts sees Childs's 2,100-foot offering and says, 'It looked ridiculous.' ... Eventually, with oceans of blood on the floor ..." (Sam Allis, bg_04.09.07)

  • worst of both worlds
    "Really it's like that old cliche about a camel being a horse designed by a committee ... We now have the camel of skyscrapers." (Paul Goldberger, in Sam Allis, bg_04.09.07)

  • delusional
    "Betts rues that he never got more deeply involved in the process, that he never told Childs, 'Grow up.'
    But, he adds, no one looks good: 'I thought people would behave better, too, but they've behaved like (expletive).' ."
    (Developer Roland Betts, chairman of the Ground Zero Site Committee of the Lower Manhattan Development Council, Sam Allis, bg_04.09.07)

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*** nytimes_04.07.14

*** nytimes_04.06.20




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*** arecord_04.07

[Seattle Central Library, Seattle]
  • whirlwind
    "In the end, the board's decision was not based on the bottom line. 'Can you do beauty? asked one board member. 'Yes,' was Koolhaas immediate response." (Sheri Olson, arec_04.07)

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