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    Question Modernism, dynamism, blobatecture....

    This STYLE of architecture is now so seen so often I am surprise that there is not yet some name for it other than 'Modernism'.

    Any suggestions what to call this - morphed, fractaled, undulating - style of Architecture. The term modernism now seems so broad it's practically meaningless; this question was also raised on anther thread recently. QUOTE:"So, what do we call that style in the 21st century (I mean among us archi-geeks. Obviously the great unwashed just call it #@*$!!" Excerpt from post by Luca.

    This one is a beauty, and to coin-a-phrase: I am going to call this style of Architecture "Dynamism". Maybe that term will catch on!
    Last edited by infoshare; July 6th, 2008 at 12:37 PM.

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    It's closer to biomorphic.

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    ^ Not bad. Calatrava is that, too.

    You can trace the tendency back through Saarinen to Gaudi.

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    Default At a Flashy New Hotel, a Pair of Eloises

    East Village

    At a Flashy New Hotel, a Pair of Eloises

    Published: September 26, 2008

    FROM jazz cats to beatniks, hippies to punks, Hettie Jones has seen them all from the fourth-floor walk-up at 27 Cooper Square, where she has lived since 1962.

    Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times
    “I won’t order from room service,” says Hettie Jones, top left with Katy Abel, whose tenement building, above and above left, has been incorporated in the new Cooper Square Hotel. “But it will be nice to finally have a doorman.”

    “We didn’t call it the East Village when we visited in those days,” said Ms. Jones, a slight yet spry 74-year-old with a graying pixie cut. “We simply said we were ‘going east.’ ”

    Ms. Jones first started going east in the 1950s to hear jazz greats like Charles Mingus and Miles Davis play at the Five Spot, a club where the free jazz movement first flourished. Back then, Ms. Jones was a future poet still known as Hettie Cohen — a middle-class Jewish girl from the West Village via Queens — and Cooper Square was a warren of Jewish old-timers and Ukrainian and Puerto Rican newcomers.

    “There were hookers patrolling their spots down on Fourth Street,” recalled Ms. Jones, the former wife of Everett LeRoi Jones, the poet subsequently known as Amiri Baraka. “And then, in the ’80s, the transvestites began to arrive.”

    The cross-dressers — and the punks that followed — have long been priced out of Cooper Square, but Ms. Jones still lives in the apartment where she raised two daughters, Kellie and Lisa, and entertained Beat Generation artists and writers like Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Frank O’Hara. As a single parent of biracial children, Ms. Jones has long faced both personal and political struggles. The latest one was the battle to save her home.

    It’s a battle that Ms. Jones, along with her neighbor of 30 years, Katy Abel, improbably won against the Cooper Square Hotel, a 21-story luxury tower with 145 rooms that has risen past her roof garden and will begin accepting guests within a few weeks.

    “I grew the most fantastic tomatoes and peppers up there, veggies that need lots of light,” lamented Ms. Jones. “We used to have views from every angle, but now they only exist from the hotel’s penthouse.”

    The two women agree that the impact of the Cooper Square Hotel, at 25 Cooper Square, between Fifth and Sixth Streets, could have been more significant. In 2005, the initial owners of the site, Lionheart Development, intended to demolish three red-brick tenements, including the building in which the two women lived, a former rooming house dating to 1845.

    Having secured what is known as artists’ loft status for their apartments during an eviction scare in the ’80s, the two women were not legally required to move.

    By the time Matt Moss, a subsequent co-owner of the property, acquired it a year later, the two women had long since stopped being interested in negotiating the fate of their 163-year-old home. From then on, the developers say, the project progressed with Ms. Jones, Ms. Abel and the tenement in place.

    The hotel’s owners went back to the drawing board and had the architect, Carlos Zapata, redesign the Cooper Square Hotel so that it incorporated the tenement.

    “It was a bit like surgery,” Mr. Zapata said of the 26 months of construction, which fused the women’s old building with the sleek new tower next door. “We had to build the hotel from above and support the tenement from below.”

    Mr. Zapata said that retaining the tenement added six months to the construction project, but the blending of the two structures has yielded an unusual amalgam. The ground floor of the tenement houses the hotel’s library and concierge desk; administrative offices are on the second floor.

    The third- and fourth-floor apartments occupied by Ms. Jones and Ms. Abel have been upgraded and are ready for occupancy.

    “WE had to move for 10 days while they replaced the roof,” said Ms. Jones, who was relocated at Mr. Moss’s expense to the Hotel on Rivington in the spring, while Ms. Abel took shelter at the Bowery Hotel.

    “I won’t order from room service,” Ms. Jones said of her unexpected turn as a late-in-life Eloise. “But it will be nice to finally have a doorman.”

    As for the hotel’s guests — the ones paying upward of $425 per night or indulging in its 15-seat private screening room — “these are people with lots of money and we never really had any money around here,” Ms. Jones added.

    Pointing to the cluster of new luxury towers rising in the square, Ms. Jones added with a sigh: “This used to be an area where people got their start. Now it’s a place to land once you’ve made it.”

    Despite the attachment to her home, which lacked heating, hot water and even a sink when she first rented it for $100 month, Ms. Jones acknowledged that she might have moved if huge amounts of money had been offered.

    “People tried to make us into stalwarts and revolutionaries, but we probably would have agreed to the right offer,” said Ms. Jones, who still writes poetry and teaches a course on children’s book writing at the New School. “The city is about change. And even I never really expected to be avant-garde forever.”

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company

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    Dinner's Ready! Rooms Not Quite at Cooper Square Hotel

    by Chris Shott
    October 16, 2008

    Mark Heithoff/GQ; Chris Shott/NYO.
    Klaus Ortlieb, Cooper Square Hotel.

    GQ-crowned "Modern Hotel Maestro" Klaus Ortlieb hosted roughly 60 guests at his Tribeca loft on Wednesday night in a preview of the yet-unfinished Cooper Square Hotel's culinary offerings.

    Mr. Ortlieb, 50, a partner in the hotel's management company, MK Hotels, suggested the somewhat divisive 21-story, 145-room, Carlos Zapata-designed lodge may be just weeks away from opening.

    Among other permitting issues, developer Matt Moss, who was also on hand for the festivities, said he was still trying to obtain a certificate of occupancy. (Mr. Moss' original partner in the project, Crescent Hotel developer Gregory Peck, did not attend.)

    Los Angeles-based chef Govind Armstrong commandeered Mr. Ortlieb's kitchen and home office for the fete, serving up samples of porterhouse, squab and a creamy celery soup with strips of bacon.

    The hotel's forthcoming Table 8 restaurant will be Mr. Armstrong's third location after L.A. and Miami.

    © 2008 Observer Media Group

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    Carlos Zapata completes luxury hotel in NYC

    The Cooper Square Hotel is a new modern glass and steel tower in the Bowery section of New York City designed by Carlos Zapata Studio. While some liken the building’s image to a “shark’s fin” or to “Dubai on the Bowery”, Zapata says the inspiration for the building was literally a face starting small at the neck and widening upwards, with the intention of giving the building a very distinctive personality.

    The 21-storey, 145-room hotel, dubbed “Downtown Luxury” by its owner/developer, has an open plan with a modern European feel. The main public spaces include a library with a bar and fireplace, an intimate screening room, and a destination restaurant, the first in New York for celebrated Los Angeles-based chef Govind Armstrong. The hotel’s interior organization and circulation plan is inspired by the small courtyards of the East village. There are several small intimate spaces on the back of the building and one can access the second floor bar without having to go into the lobby, forming a continuous loop between the many intimate spaces inside and outside the building.

    Noted Italian designer Antonio Citterio designed the interiors and furnishings are by B & B Italia. The Italian design motif extends to the guest rooms where the beds are outfitted with 400-count Italian Anichini-brand linens and comforters and the baths are tiled with Italian glass mosaics.

    Sharon McHugh
    US Correspondent

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    this was probably answered, but why is that little green portion sticking out?

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    I agree, more of these should pop up along the West Side.

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    This is a beautiful building. I hope that the project on 23rd Street that Zapata designed is constructed.

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    JS, I think it's just a design detail.

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    i saw this today for the first time and it is one of my favorites in the city right now
    the top north part didn't look finished to me though.

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    Is it wrong to have sexual thoughts about a building?

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