Archinect - News 2015-01-26T03:41:29-05:00 Buildings That Lie About Their Age Archinect 2013-04-19T20:10:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T23:59:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>John Hill&rsquo;s book &ldquo;A Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture&rdquo; is filled with examples of the crazy new forms of the last decade, like Frank Gehry&rsquo;s white wind-filled &ldquo;sail&rdquo; on the West Side Highway in Chelsea. [...] And yet, the United States is in the middle of a great revival of traditional architecture &mdash; Georgian, neo-Classical, Arts and Crafts and so forth &mdash; that is almost absent from Mr. Hill&rsquo;s stimulating and enjoyable work. So, what isn&rsquo;t contemporary about traditional design?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Post(card) Ideological Icons croixe 2011-11-28T05:14:00-05:00 >2012-12-02T13:09:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>What about revisiting the hardcore shapes of the avant-garde?</strong></p> <p> It has been almost a century since the air was heavily saturated with the combustible gas of ideology. Almost a hundred years have passed since everything from film, through art and architecture, to urbanism was susceptible to the slightest friction in the atmosphere sparking endless manifestoes and multiple visions of the perennial &ldquo;new beginning&rdquo;. But what happens when the ideological fire that fuels urbanism is extinguished, and in its place just smoke remains? What is left after the idealistic energy of the avant-garde has vanished and we are left with necrophilic icons of dead ideologies? Why aren&rsquo;t we able to see the striking similarities and contrasting disparities between the avatars of yesterday&rsquo;s ideological urbanism and today&rsquo;s pop-architectural icons?<br><br> In the twenties imaginary taut wires, steel trusses, and structural concrete gave form to the muscular monuments of a <em>Potemkinesque</em> avant-garde.&nbsp; Utopia had...</p>