John Silber – Architecture of the Absurd



Silber: “How Genius Disfigured a Practical Art.”
10 minute video.

How local TV news disfigures discussion about architecture. Sad.

The problem with America’s built environment is not Frank Gehry’s Stata Center (whose interior impresses me more and more each time I see it. The exterior I still find a little tragi-comic for upright Cambridge.) The problem is the bland, boring and cheap buildings you might see on the way to Stata. The ones with not enough art or thought in them.

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4 Responses to “John Silber – Architecture of the Absurd”

  1. Marcia Says:

    The good news is most architects totally agree with John Silber’s assessment of Gehry’s buildings, and the architecture of the absurd.

    What baffles me is why AIA awarded Gehry the Gold Medal.
    Contemporary Architecture is over a barrel if it can’t prove architects have rational solutions to today’s problems.

  2. cityofparis Says:

    So many ‘starchitects’ have dispensed with rationality in the name of novelty; it’s a means of differentiating themselves from their peers, of creating a certain brand identity. While this can create some striking structures, the program of the building — particularly from an owner’s or users’s perspective — often suffers.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    How gullible people are, shutting off their brains and stampeding after architectural gimmicks like those of Frank Gehry. His groupies consider it heresy not to worship at the altar of his “genius.” It reminds me of the remark by Groucho Marx, “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” Hopefully, MIT’s lawsuit against Gehry because of design flaws in Stata Center will herald a return to reason: form follows function.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    How gullible people are, shutting off their brains and stampeding after architectural gimmicks like those of Frank Gehry. His groupies consider it heresy not to worship at the altar of his “genius.” It reminds me of the remark by Groucho Marx, “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” Hopefully, MIT’s lawsuit against Gehry because of design flaws in Stata Center will herald a return to reason: form follows function.

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