Archive for the ‘Ross Wimer’ Category

New Directions at SOM. Aren’t they still going up?

03/29/2008

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01/24/2007

“Master” planning?

Here’s the new sketch for Chicago’s proposed Olympic Village. The Mayor wants to build something like this whether he gets the 2016 games or not.


Looks okay, obviously this is just conceptual. The very talented Ross Wimer of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is on the case.

But wait a second! This reminds me of buildings that stood just blocks from here, buildings we’re tearing down now – buildings hated, reviled – buildings and planning we blame for destroying lives —-
The Robert Taylor Homes. Public Housing.

Yes, the economics would be different, and the buildings would be superior, but I still find the comparison too close for comfort in so many ways.

-Edward

01/24/2007

“Master” planning?

Here’s the new sketch for Chicago’s proposed Olympic Village. The Mayor wants to build something like this whether he gets the 2016 games or not.


Looks okay, obviously this is just conceptual. The very talented Ross Wimer of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is on the case.

But wait a second! This reminds me of buildings that stood just blocks from here, buildings we’re tearing down now – buildings hated, reviled – buildings and planning we blame for destroying lives —-
The Robert Taylor Homes. Public Housing.

Yes, the economics would be different, and the buildings would be superior, but I still find the comparison too close for comfort in so many ways.

-Edward

01/24/2007

“Master” planning?

Here’s the new sketch for Chicago’s proposed Olympic Village. The Mayor wants to build something like this whether he gets the 2016 games or not.


Looks okay, obviously this is just conceptual. The very talented Ross Wimer of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is on the case.

But wait a second! This reminds me of buildings that stood just blocks from here, buildings we’re tearing down now – buildings hated, reviled – buildings and planning we blame for destroying lives —-
The Robert Taylor Homes. Public Housing.

Yes, the economics would be different, and the buildings would be superior, but I still find the comparison too close for comfort in so many ways.

-Edward

12/15/2006

Calatrava Watch
Ire at the Spire

I used to give this thing about a
chance of being built,
but now I think it’s more

The leading civic organization in Streeterville slammed the revisions to architect Santiago Calatrava’s 2,000-foot-tall lakefront building Wednesday, adding political obstacles to the project’s immense economic challenges.” 12-14-06

Mr. C. has no luck in Chicago. Remember a few years back he was to design two pedestrian bridges over Lake Shore Drive between Buckingham Fountain and the lake? Those were squashed by the mayor.

And I’ve been wondering what Cala’s inspiration for this twisting tower might be, even though, everybody’s doin’ the dreaming and scheming. Zaha, SOM Ross Wimer, Ken, Y & S candies, and in Toronto, Moscow, and Bosnia, among other twists.

But I remember, in Calatrava’s homeland Spain, in many a cloister, seeing memorable

twisting columns, such as this one, at Burgos.

Of course my favorite is not in Spain, and not

in St. Peter’s, but rather, this beauty


in St. Severin in Paris.

-Edoardo

12/15/2006

Calatrava Watch
Ire at the Spire

I used to give this thing about a
chance of being built,
but now I think it’s more

The leading civic organization in Streeterville slammed the revisions to architect Santiago Calatrava’s 2,000-foot-tall lakefront building Wednesday, adding political obstacles to the project’s immense economic challenges.” 12-14-06

Mr. C. has no luck in Chicago. Remember a few years back he was to design two pedestrian bridges over Lake Shore Drive between Buckingham Fountain and the lake? Those were squashed by the mayor.

And I’ve been wondering what Cala’s inspiration for this twisting tower might be, even though, everybody’s doin’ the dreaming and scheming. Zaha, SOM Ross Wimer, Ken, Y & S candies, and in Toronto, Moscow, and Bosnia, among other twists.

But I remember, in Calatrava’s homeland Spain, in many a cloister, seeing memorable

twisting columns, such as this one, at Burgos.

Of course my favorite is not in Spain, and not

in St. Peter’s, but rather, this beauty


in St. Severin in Paris.

-Edoardo