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    Poll: This building was described by Graydon Carter and...

    This building was described by Graydon Carter and others as "the perfect synthesis of a classic New York skyscraper and Gehry's undulating forms," or something along those lines. Close...but no...
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    Sticky: Poll: Ninjahedge, I wrote: "I am confident that if...

    Ninjahedge,
    I wrote:
    "I am confident that if Frank Lloyd Wright's taproot skyscraper method, with a solid concrete core and built properly, had been adopted for the WTC, thousands of lives would...
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    Sticky: Poll: Straw man argument. The exact conditions of...

    Straw man argument.

    The exact conditions of the WTC have not been replicated. But reasonable inferences can be made through extrapolation. The point is, it was THE IMPLOSIONS that killed most of...
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    Sticky: Poll: The fact that concrete is a more robust material...

    The fact that concrete is a more robust material (against both fire and impact) is fairly obvious. There are concrete buildings that CANNOT be imploded, and must be disassembled piece by piece....
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    Sticky: Poll: According to the cult of the international style,...

    According to the cult of the international style, a building must express NOTHING except its structure. Aesthetics and structure are one. The only "subject" the WTC was "about" was its structure....
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    Sticky: Poll: Oh, it's "sheerness" was perfect all right. The...

    Oh, it's "sheerness" was perfect all right. The "sheer" idiocy of trusting the mafia to spray on fireproofing rather than encasing steel in concrete (so that Yamasaki could satisfy modernist...
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    http://www.ambushmag.com/is1797/images/p3.jpg ...

    http://www.ambushmag.com/is1797/images/p3.jpg

    Is it this Gehry building? I believe the local Czechs, not Gehry, dubbed it "Fred and Ginger". The anthropomorphic is hinted at, but it's open to...
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    Speaking of architectural features and spires.

    The top of Frank Lloyd Wright's Mile High was envisioned as observation decks and a sculptural broadcast antenna.

    http://www.arch.columbia.edu/DDL/projects/usonia/studio.gif
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    Sticky: Poll: Let's review. Donald Trump says that David Childs...

    Let's review. Donald Trump says that David Childs is a friend of his, painting Childs as the good guy, while the evil egghead Liebeskind is responsible for the bad design.

    He calls the top a...
  10. Actually, Foster's biggest influence was R....

    Actually, Foster's biggest influence was R. Buckminster Fuller. Foster studied with Fuller at Yale.

    http://www.rochesterunitarian.org/Kahn/cityhall.gif

    The geodesic skyscraper design above was...
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    Regarding Citicorp's roof: According to Tom...

    Regarding Citicorp's roof:

    According to Tom Wolfe, the real reason was that the architect was excited that mono-pitched roofs were theoretically permitted under the rules of the international...
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    What Frank Lloyd Wright will Childs do this time?

    In recent years, The M.O. for David Childs' skyscraper design has been:

    1. Take the shape of a building by Frank Lloyd Wright.
    2. Remove all vestige of subtle detail and applied decoration.
    3....
  13. One thing this clumsy design does is make...

    One thing this clumsy design does is make Gwathmey's Astor Place look like a work of sheer genius.

    If you're going to stack a lame version of Erich Mendelsohn's Schocken Department Store, then why...
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    Judging from the skyline, it seems the people of...

    Judging from the skyline, it seems the people of Alaska will tolerate every form of modernist atrocity so long as someone else is paying for it.

    It would really be quaint if there was a populist...
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    Brutalists are devotees of Le Corbusier, who...

    Brutalists are devotees of Le Corbusier, who decreed:


    "Decoration is of a sensorial and elementary order, as is color, and is suited to simple races, peasants and savages. ... The peasant loves...
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    Norman, is that you?

    F for no effort. I mean, don't overwork yourselves, architects! Who said recycling in New York is dead?

    1. While Foster usually responds well to the challenge of new buildings over older...
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    More WRIGHT stuff

    It seems that Columbia architecture students are at least building Wright buildings in their computers, (and Calatrava and Childs are building Wright influenced buildings, the former more elegantly)...
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    I really don't mind "pop" references in...

    I really don't mind "pop" references in architecture. People working in the commercial vernacular usually choose classical or natural forms that resonate with the public. Actually this "potato chip"...
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    Good question, moncapitan! I'm not an...

    Good question, moncapitan!

    I'm not an engineer, but there are existing Gehry buildings (Der Neue Zollhof) and proposed buildings (United Architects' WTC) that have equally irregular angles that...
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    Originally my posts were removed from the...

    Originally my posts were removed from the "Gehry/Ratner Beekman Street" thread. In all fairness, I can understand the removal if the thread became ABOUT my art rather than the Gehry tower. On the...
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    A quick and dirty speculative rendering of...

    A quick and dirty speculative rendering of Beekman Street:

    http://www.pbase.com/mrudolph/image/39974632.jpg


    A crazier "Flower Crown" close-up:
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    Mind you, when you see swarmy criticism from archpaper, or that architect in The Village Voice, it's just good old fashioned professional jealousy.

    That said, prominent architects are like...
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    Why thank you, archit k. The tower is a collage...

    Why thank you, archit k. The tower is a collage of samples from "Der Neue Zollhof". My designs do differ from Gehry in these respects:

    1. Gehry usually tries to not represent any literal,...
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    Tolkien was influenced by the vernacular...

    Tolkien was influenced by the vernacular architecture of various indigenous people. Pat Reynolds wrote a book on this subject, although it appears to be out of print. It's very possible Tolkien was...
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    Roger Dean (YES album art) is an architect

    http://www.homeforlife.co.uk/images/HFL%20at%20Bishops%20Wood.jpg

    http://www.rogerdean.com/architecture/tect6n5c/09halldoorsbut.jpg


    I would like to point out that Roger Dean, best known for...
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