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[7 S Dearborn Building, Chicago]
  • government requirement
    "The 108-story, 2,000-foot tower is a correcting force on the local architecture scene. The city has been so content lately to revel in the minutiae of urban design--new wrought iron public fencing, faux 1920s street lamps and bountiful median planters made of concrete--that it often forgets Chicago must also uphold its legacy as a place of big, bold buildings and progressive architecture." (Lee Bey, _99.09.26)

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[William J Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock]

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[Guggenheim Museum, East River, New York]     *** more
  • interplanetary mahout
    "With his tame architect Frank Gehry along for the ride, like a loyal mahout on a rocking howdah, Mr Krens, inflated to bursting with self-confidence after his interplanetary success with the Gehry Guggenheim in Bilbao ..." (wsj_00.05.03)
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    Tate Modern -- Herzog De Meuron 371,350 sf conversion
    New York MoMA : Yoshio Taniguchi: 230,000 sf expansion
    San Fransisco MoMA -- Mario Botta: 220,000 sf

    exhibition space:
    Guggenheim 1959 -- Frank Lloyd Wright: 50,000 sf of exhibition space
    Lower Manhattan Guggenheim 2000 -- Frank O Gehry: 200,000 sf of exhibition space
    Bilbao Guggenheim -- Frank O Gehry: 114,000 sf of exhibition space
    " (Eric Gibson, wsj_00.05.12)


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    ... Gehry was scheduled to present city officials with a plan for a different site, on the East River in lower Manhattan. A New York City Economic Development Corporation spokesman refused to comment, saying, 'It's our policy not to discuss proposals under evaluation.'" (nwk_99.10.04)

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