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Six critics in search of American Architecture

02/12/2008


L.A. is the most interesting city in the country right now, because of what’s happening with its urbanism, more than its architecture,” states Christopher Hawthorne, who has been the architecture critic of the Los Angeles Times for three years. The city that became synonymous with sprawl has “hit the limits of its growth and is turning back on itself. But it’s not just getting denser; it’s having to redefine itself as a city.”

“We now live in a culture of infinite choices,” says Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic, Blair Kamin. “You go to Home Depot and there are 60 different kinds of floors you can put in your basement, whereas in 1950 you would have had two. A lot of our architecture is like that.”

“Dallas is a very image-conscious place, and it has always been looking to headlines,” says David Dillon, who writes on architecture for The Dallas Morning News.

“Buildings here in Atlanta remain disappointing, with a few exceptions,” states Catherine Fox, the art and architecture critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I don’t see the regional differences in design that were apparent in the past,” states Paul Goldberger when asked what American architecture looks like from his perspective at The New Yorker. “Trends today are national or even global. Sustainability is certainly one. We should be doing more on this, but we’re doing more than we did in the past.”

Robert Campbell, longtime architecture critic for The Boston Globe likes the ideas in Office dA’s Macallen building, a condominium development that opened in 2007 in South Boston.


Photo © John Horner

Read more from each here.

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New Chicago – Spertus

01/25/2008

What I saw on a quick trip. Here’s the lobby atrium of the new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. And it reflects the faceted glass exterior, which plays off well against the historic stone Michigan Avenue street wall. Following it just enough, and being contemporary at the same time.
The light that the glass lets in displays Spertus’ mission of spreading light and of being enlightened, but – is this building Jewish? Can a building be Jewish? New Yorker magazine architecture critic Paul Goldberger will discuss that and more at the Spertus on January 27. Goldberger’s always good.

Here’s are views of Chicago’s Grant Park from the windows of the new Spertus.

Great views of the park, looking east, north and south are opened up.

Natural light also enters the art galleries.


And here’s the “signature” staircase, back in the entrance lobby. Very Miesian. Architects Ron Krueck and Mark Sexton are of the Mies/IIT school.


Nice, modern, clean, sleek.

I’ll post more soon. And on the new Helmut Jahn tower, the new Renzo Piano wing of the Art Institute and more.

Now I’m off to Williamstown, Mass. to see the new Tadao Ando building – a partly wooden building, in the woods, combining nature and art – for the already wonderful and soon to be that much more wonderful Clark Art Institute.

All best,
-E