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*** nyt_04.10.28

[National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics, Beijing, China]
  • stoic mien
    " ...'I'm just not a very sporty man,' he said. 'I don't think I've ever been inside a stadium before,' he added." (Christopher Hawthorne, nyt_04.10.28)

  • lightning rod
    "We decided to work with Weiwei in a kind of workshop process ... Mr. Ai helped shape the gnarled trusses, for example, into an arrangement that would suggest organic forms, like a bird's nest or tree branches, rather than the fanciful experimentation of Western architects." (Christopher Hawthorne, nyt_04.10.28)

  • sympathetic ears
    "'We never would have dared introduce this chaotic structure of trusses if we hadn't been encouraged by Weiwei's reaction and feedback, and the way he helped us connect it to traditional Chinese forms,' Mr. Herzog said." (Christopher Hawthorne, nyt_04.10.28)

*** sfc_04.08.26

  • big foreign
    "A task force now plans to drastically reduce the amount of steel needed for the construction, mainly by scrapping the retractable roof and enlarging the size of the rooftop opening. The new design is expected to slash the construction bill by almost a third." (Ulf Meyer, sfc_04.08.26)

  • previously <<<< on bird's nest


*** nypost_04.09.07

    [Freedom Tower, New York]

  • candor
    " 'They're just liars. . . . I've never worked in a situation with so many people who lie. They stare you straight in the eye and they lie,' Nina says of everybody who opposed her husband's design, including Childs and Larry Silverstein, leaseholder on the World Trade Center ..." (Adam Buckman, nypost_04.09.07)

  • name calling
    "The agreed-upon centerpiece will allegedly be the world's tallest building. It will hopefully total a patriotic 1,776 feet in height. It will supposedly include a spire whose silhouette will be inspired by the torch on the nearby Statue of Liberty." (Adam Buckman, nypost_04.09.07)

*** newsday_04.09.07

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    " 'Sacred Ground' is a chronicle of the head-butting, arm- twisting and, to hear Libeskind tell it, bald-faced lying that ensued." (Noel Holston, nday_04.09.07)

  • more : sausages

  • previously : slugfest

*** nytimes_04.07.14

*** nytimes_04.06.20



mimick inspired echo recall suggest pictorial representation follows the shape of

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barely approved -- on coverpages of non-architectural/ design/ art press - prior to construction


*** arecord_04.07

[Seattle Central Library, Seattle]
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    "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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