Archive for the ‘Zaha’ Category

02/02/2007


From “Memories of Myron Goldsmith. ” At the Arts Club of Chicago. Through April 13th. 201 E. Ontario Street.

The pristine nature of the projects shows such faith.

It opened last night. It was wonderful to feel Myron Goldsmith’s sensitive, kindly, optimistic and enquiring spirit (I never met the man), pervade the room, in his buildings, and in his friends.

A high point for me was to see and have a nice conversation with

George Danforth. George was a classmate of Myron Goldsmith at IIT; both studied with Mies when he arrived in 1938, and then worked closely with him. George is one of the finest gentlemen I’ve known.

A perfect evening. Even if the
cake served, looked more like

it came from Zaha than Myron.

-E

top photo: United Airlines Wash and Maintenance Hangar, San Francisco, CA. 1958
SOM, Myron Goldsmith, and James Ferris
Photograph by Hedrich Blessing and Myron Goldsmith,
courtesy of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

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02/02/2007


From “Memories of Myron Goldsmith. ” At the Arts Club of Chicago. Through April 13th. 201 E. Ontario Street.

The pristine nature of the projects shows such faith.

It opened last night. It was wonderful to feel Myron Goldsmith’s sensitive, kindly, optimistic and enquiring spirit (I never met the man), pervade the room, in his buildings, and in his friends.

A high point for me was to see and have a nice conversation with

George Danforth. George was a classmate of Myron Goldsmith at IIT; both studied with Mies when he arrived in 1938, and then worked closely with him. George is one of the finest gentlemen I’ve known.

A perfect evening. Even if the
cake served, looked more like

it came from Zaha than Myron.

-E

top photo: United Airlines Wash and Maintenance Hangar, San Francisco, CA. 1958
SOM, Myron Goldsmith, and James Ferris
Photograph by Hedrich Blessing and Myron Goldsmith,
courtesy of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

01/31/2007

A great play on Frank Lloyd Wright….
is still waiting to be written.

Isherwood in the New York Times agrees with me.

“It’s hard to do much with a play so unrelentingly dour and lacking in either thematic or narrative shape…”

Kuchwara of AP agrees with me.

“Richard Nelson’s disappointing play, (Frank’s Home) which opened Tuesday at off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons…

Winer in Newsday agrees with me.

“What we do not feel, alas, is more than mildly engaged.”

Remember what I wrote when Frank’s Home had its world-premiere? That the script is as flat as a .

So I continue to wait for a dramatic treatment of the dramatic life of Frank Lloyd Wright. One disappointment in Frank’s Home was when Wright gets the telegram that the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo has in fact survived the earthquake, contrary to what he had been told. This moment needed to be a climax, instead it came and went and ruffled little.

Frank Lloyd Wright! The Opera. It’s waiting for you to write it.
—-
The Price is Wright.
In the meantime, if you’re in Chicago, see the exhibition on FLW’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. If you’re in Bartlesville, (and don’t say, “I would prefer not to“) go see the real thing.

The exhibition is revelatory. In addition to drawings for Price Tower and some original furniture, it features some large scale drawings of “The Golden Beacon” that Wright planned for Chicago.

But what really adds zip is the design for the installation of this show in the atrium lobby of the Santa Fe building (1904, D.H. Burnham & Co.) It comes to us from the office of Zaha Hadid. She has designed an addition to Price Tower, which is now an Arts Center. It’s good to see ‘Zaha’ in Chicago. Her dynamic shapes energize the historic Santa Fe lobby.

All best,
-Edward

01/31/2007

A great play on Frank Lloyd Wright….
is still waiting to be written.

Isherwood in the New York Times agrees with me.

“It’s hard to do much with a play so unrelentingly dour and lacking in either thematic or narrative shape…”

Kuchwara of AP agrees with me.

“Richard Nelson’s disappointing play, (Frank’s Home) which opened Tuesday at off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons…

Winer in Newsday agrees with me.

“What we do not feel, alas, is more than mildly engaged.”

Remember what I wrote when Frank’s Home had its world-premiere? That the script is as flat as a .

So I continue to wait for a dramatic treatment of the dramatic life of Frank Lloyd Wright. One disappointment in Frank’s Home was when Wright gets the telegram that the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo has in fact survived the earthquake, contrary to what he had been told. This moment needed to be a climax, instead it came and went and ruffled little.

Frank Lloyd Wright! The Opera. It’s waiting for you to write it.
—-
The Price is Wright.
In the meantime, if you’re in Chicago, see the exhibition on FLW’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. If you’re in Bartlesville, (and don’t say, “I would prefer not to“) go see the real thing.

The exhibition is revelatory. In addition to drawings for Price Tower and some original furniture, it features some large scale drawings of “The Golden Beacon” that Wright planned for Chicago.

But what really adds zip is the design for the installation of this show in the atrium lobby of the Santa Fe building (1904, D.H. Burnham & Co.) It comes to us from the office of Zaha Hadid. She has designed an addition to Price Tower, which is now an Arts Center. It’s good to see ‘Zaha’ in Chicago. Her dynamic shapes energize the historic Santa Fe lobby.

All best,
-Edward

01/10/2007

Price Tower


by Frank Lloyd Wright in Bartlesville, Oklahoma!

“Flowers on the prarie where the June bugs zoom,
Plen’y of air and plen’y of room,
Plen’y of room to swing a rope!
Plen’y of heart and plen’y of hope.”

If you think of Wright hugging the prairie, then this building is, as they say about dance

the vertical expression of a horizontal idea.

Exhibition on Price Tower opening soon at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

it will includ photographs, parts of the highly designed building, and orginal desks, chairs, tables and textiles, all designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

And get this, in the exhibition the platforms on which Frank Lloyd Wright’s furniture will stand has been designed by Zaha Hadid and Office of Zaha Hadid, London.

Also in the show are drawings by Zaha Hadid for an addition to the Price Tower Arts Center.

That project seems to have been back-burnered a bit. The Price Tower Arts Center website doesn’t make a big deal of it, I wasn’t able to find the drawings on the website, and they have not yet started their capital campaign to build the addition. Plus they have no firm start date for it. But they say they do plan to build

Zaha’s folly.

By the way, even if you admire Zaha’s work, and who doesn’t, her homepage is over the top too much a trip.


song lyrics by the great Oscar Hammerstein II

01/10/2007

Price Tower


by Frank Lloyd Wright in Bartlesville, Oklahoma!

“Flowers on the prarie where the June bugs zoom,
Plen’y of air and plen’y of room,
Plen’y of room to swing a rope!
Plen’y of heart and plen’y of hope.”

If you think of Wright hugging the prairie, then this building is, as they say about dance

the vertical expression of a horizontal idea.

Exhibition on Price Tower opening soon at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

it will includ photographs, parts of the highly designed building, and orginal desks, chairs, tables and textiles, all designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

And get this, in the exhibition the platforms on which Frank Lloyd Wright’s furniture will stand has been designed by Zaha Hadid and Office of Zaha Hadid, London.

Also in the show are drawings by Zaha Hadid for an addition to the Price Tower Arts Center.

That project seems to have been back-burnered a bit. The Price Tower Arts Center website doesn’t make a big deal of it, I wasn’t able to find the drawings on the website, and they have not yet started their capital campaign to build the addition. Plus they have no firm start date for it. But they say they do plan to build

Zaha’s folly.

By the way, even if you admire Zaha’s work, and who doesn’t, her homepage is over the top too much a trip.


song lyrics by the great Oscar Hammerstein II

01/10/2007

Price Tower


by Frank Lloyd Wright in Bartlesville, Oklahoma!

“Flowers on the prarie where the June bugs zoom,
Plen’y of air and plen’y of room,
Plen’y of room to swing a rope!
Plen’y of heart and plen’y of hope.”

If you think of Wright hugging the prairie, then this building is, as they say about dance

the vertical expression of a horizontal idea.

Exhibition on Price Tower opening soon at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

it will includ photographs, parts of the highly designed building, and orginal desks, chairs, tables and textiles, all designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

And get this, in the exhibition the platforms on which Frank Lloyd Wright’s furniture will stand has been designed by Zaha Hadid and Office of Zaha Hadid, London.

Also in the show are drawings by Zaha Hadid for an addition to the Price Tower Arts Center.

That project seems to have been back-burnered a bit. The Price Tower Arts Center website doesn’t make a big deal of it, I wasn’t able to find the drawings on the website, and they have not yet started their capital campaign to build the addition. Plus they have no firm start date for it. But they say they do plan to build

Zaha’s folly.

By the way, even if you admire Zaha’s work, and who doesn’t, her homepage is over the top too much a trip.


song lyrics by the great Oscar Hammerstein II

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