Archive for the ‘CCTV’ Category

Peter Eisenman and Rem Koolhaas

12/08/2006

First this by Eisenman,


and then this by Koolhaas.

They talk. And soon you can read what they say.
pub date March ’07.
Kool-man.

Eisenman – ‘mobius strip’ – for Max Reinhardt Haus in Berlin – 1992 – unbuilt.
Koolhaas – Central Chinese Television building in Beijing – under construction.

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"Playtime" in Petersburg and "Peking?"

11/28/2006

While we’re doing international, contempo, hard-to-live-in-or-around,
see some beautiful photos

of the planned Gazprom City in St. Petersburg. Check out the slideshow.

and … Rem likes Red

But Inga Saffron doesn’t like

Rem’s work for the Chinese state. Not aesthetically, not politically.

She writes,

With skyscrapers, there has always been a fine line between the heroic and the humbling.

But any individual who stands under the canopy of CCTV’s suspended cantilever will have no uncertainty about the power of the Chinese state. … As with so much in China, the scale is so immense that the mind can hardly comprehend it.

The world’s greatest skyscrapers make you believe you can reach the heavens. You feel uplifted by your part in humankind’s accomplishment. But it’s hard to imagine anyone passing over CCTV’s glass-floored upper cantilever without experiencing a moment of terror.

There’s no denying that Koolhaas and Scheeren have created thrilling new forms for a new kind of city. But it appears to be a city that only the coldest hearts will long to inhabit.

Koolhaas (full name Remment Koolhaas) has been a strong critic of the U.S. government. But apparently Chinese money is clean. Oh and Time Europe hearts Rem. In fact, he’s one of their heroes.

I thought “the people are the heroes now.” But If we live like this, in the shadows of towers of industry, I think we’ll feel like peasants.

Koolhaas hearts Eisenman

11/21/2006

Speaking of Rem and Peter, certainly someone has blogged about how Rem

Koolhaas’ Central Chinese Television building in Beijing,
in form recalls


Peter Eisenman’s unbuilt mobius strip from 1992 for Max Reinhardt Haus in Berlin.
.

11/16/2006

Bad design is so tiring.


“Most skyscrapers exhaust space. This building leaves open the space it encapsulates. It activates the ground.”

From today’s NYT story on Koolhaas’ Central Chinese Television building in Beijing. 54 stories on a site as large as 37 football fields.

11/16/2006

Bad design is so tiring.


“Most skyscrapers exhaust space. This building leaves open the space it encapsulates. It activates the ground.”

From today’s NYT story on Koolhaas’ Central Chinese Television building in Beijing. 54 stories on a site as large as 37 football fields.

11/16/2006

Bad design is so tiring.


“Most skyscrapers exhaust space. This building leaves open the space it encapsulates. It activates the ground.”

From today’s NYT story on Koolhaas’ Central Chinese Television building in Beijing. 54 stories on a site as large as 37 football fields.