Archinect - News 2014-04-23T21:28:52-04:00 Inga Saffron: It's not just architecture, it's city life criticism Alexander Walter 2014-04-21T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T09:58:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inga Saffron, who writes the "Changing Skyline" column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism this week. She talks with Dave Heller about the state of criticism today, and the changing attitudes towards cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inquirer's architecture critic Inga Saffron wins Pulitzer Prize for criticism</a></p> Gehry worst living architect? Reasonable critique or typical Gizmodo link bait? Archinect 2014-02-16T11:31:00-05:00 >2014-02-21T22:20:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>His work is badly constructed, ravey-balls hair metal, a C.C. DeVille guitar solo that cannot&mdash;will not&mdash;end until the billionaire clients who keep paying for this shit can be stopped.</p></em><br /><br /><p>I guess this is what you get when you put a decent writer in charge of driving traffic.</p><p>CPM = 1 / Journalism = 0</p> A half-hearted defense of Calatrava Nam Henderson 2014-02-07T11:01:00-05:00 >2014-02-07T11:01:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though easy targets for fiscal hawks, public architecture that&rsquo;s luxurious and dramatic &mdash; even excessive &mdash; should be ours as a right.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Owen Hatherly has published a piece praising "white elephant" architectural projects.</p> What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning Archinect 2013-12-16T17:59:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T07:19:02-05:00 <img src="" width="395" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tech sector is, increasingly, embracing the language of urban planning &mdash; town hall, public square, civic hackathons, community engagement. So why are tech companies such bad urbanists?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Pérez Art Museum Miami: Built for People Archinect 2013-12-13T19:44:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:50:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new P&eacute;rez Art Museum that opened here last week embodies a vernacular style&mdash;deep-shaded, loose-limbed and connected to the tropics&mdash;that should have been but never was because of those two invasive species, Art Deco and the air conditioner.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #345 Nam Henderson 2013-12-10T10:33:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T10:13:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Space Oddity was conceived by rub-a-dub in 2012, while studying under the DRL at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, a post-professional MArch program. They state that while their proposal "is obviously not a viable option for actual space travel...Lately there has being a lot of noise about space design...We believe a lot of these projects are only solving technical issues". Fred Scharmen was intrigued "Very nice work. Thanks for posting this".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, interviewed <em>rub-a-dub</em> (a team of Sebastian Andia, Rodrigo Chain, Apostolos Despotidis and Thomas T. Jensen) to learn about their project '<em>Space Oddity'</em>,&nbsp;for the latest edition of the <strong>Student Works</strong> series.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Space Oddity was conceived by rub-a-dub in 2012, while studying under the DRL at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, a post-professional MArch program</a>. They state that while their proposal "<em>is obviously not a viable option for actual space travel...the timing is ripe to imagine new versions of living and moving in space...Lately there has being a lot of noise about space design, including contour crafting and 3D printing amongst others. We believe a lot of these projects are only solving technical issues</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;was intrigued "<em>Very nice work. Thanks for posting this</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> The Observer published &lsquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami's new vice &ndash; an addiction to star architects</a>&lsquo; in which Rowan Moore criticiz...</p> Unnecessary Muffness; Jon Stewart discusses Zaha's "f**kable buildings" Nam Henderson 2013-11-20T17:26:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T00:10:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid whose signature style appears to be making some of the world's most f**kable Georgia O'Keeffe of things you can walk inside...i guess maybe it is time things evened out a bit" - Jon Stewart</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Last night on The Daily Show, they offered a critique of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qatar's recently released plans for the Al Wakrah 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects</a>. The show goes on to label the proposal one of the world's most f**kable soccer stadiums. Also while reporting in, on assignment Al Madrigal is unable to find the "press box".</p> Curbed asks 6 architecture critics to share stories of their first NYC apartment rentals Archinect 2013-11-20T12:19:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:01:31-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The creaky staircase was covered in plastic, as was the living room furniture, but the bones were still there: pressed paper wainscoting in the hall, thickly painted moldings. We often got in trouble for walking too loudly in our clompy shoes up to the top floor at night.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rem Koolhaas's De Rotterdam: cut and paste architecture Archinect 2013-11-19T20:22:00-05:00 >2013-11-23T03:01:06-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like one skyline perched on another, the latest mega-building by Rem Koolhaas towers over the starchitect playground of Rotterdam. But why was it even built?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Banksy's unpublished NYT op-ed declares new WTC is the biggest eyesore in New York Nam Henderson 2013-10-27T23:21:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T18:10:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="624" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today&rsquo;s piece was going to be an op-ed column in the New York Times. But they declined to publish what I supplied. Which was this... - Banksy</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Cornell professor declares OMA-designed Milstein Hall "a disaster" Archinect 2013-10-15T11:56:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T11:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cornell University&rsquo;s new architecture building designed by Rem Koolhaas&rsquo; Office of Metropolitan Architecture is a &ldquo;disaster&rdquo; says Cornell University architecture professor Jonathan Oschorn. &ldquo;The code violations are egregious&rdquo;, states Ochshorn.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Photo by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Theodore Ferringer</a></p> Editor's Picks #334 Nam Henderson 2013-09-24T11:28:00-04:00 >2013-09-24T13:44:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the latest <strong>Showcase</strong>&nbsp;feature Archinect highlighted, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame by Trahan Architects</a>.&nbsp;The building which opened this past June, is located in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase on the banks of the Cane River Lake.</p> <p> The project engendered lots of commentary. <strong>vado retro</strong> stopped by to say "<em>i'm planning on taking a drive down to check this out in the not too distant future. what impressed me most about this project is that some civic leaders had the vision to design this type of building in a historic district of the state's oldest city rather than a historicist pastiche</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> While&nbsp;<strong>afrdzak</strong>&nbsp;was a little torn "<em>As an object it's beautiful and I would love to walk through those spaces and touch the stone.&nbsp; By what I see in the photos it&nbsp; looks to be well crafted it really exemplifies good utilization and potential of technology while at the same taking stone to a new level of design (even though it's not structural. Yes I like struc...</em></p> Containers without Content Orhan Ayyüce 2013-07-22T12:33:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T20:25:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Far from being anchored in the local context, the project (the disastrous City of Culture of Galicia outside Santiago de Compostela, designed by Peter Eisenman) has decapitated Monte de Gaias and replaced it with a phony landscape with curves like those of a fun-fair roller coaster. These cynical intellectual manipulations cannot mask the reality of structures resembling supermarkets twisted about with algorithms and camouflaged with a thin veneer of granite (imported from Brasil!).</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a short sweet and illustrated article writer historian&nbsp;William J.R. Curtis puts several Bilbao effect projects in the trash can. It might as well be called "f..k content."</p> Editor's Picks #323 Nam Henderson 2013-07-09T12:56:00-04:00 >2013-07-09T13:42:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benjamin Paulker interviewed Frank Gehry for Foreign Policy</a>&nbsp;regarding his first project in the Arab World.&nbsp;<strong>sameolddoctor</strong> was amused "<em>It is funny that Gehry thinks of himself as a humanitarian</em>"&nbsp;but <strong>pvbeeber</strong> wondered "<em>Not sure why everyone is giving him such a hard time.&nbsp; What other architects working in the Middle East would hire a human rights lawyer to make sure that workers are treated fairly?&nbsp; Gehry's also one of the few starchitects who bothers to pay his interns</em>".</p> <p> <strong>citizen</strong> took exception to the "<em>Epiphanies from Frank Gehry</em>" title "<em>I'm not giving FOG a hard time.&nbsp; Bully for him...I'm giving the Archinect editors --with whom I generally concur, but who often title these little pieces ridiculously-- the hard time</em>". However as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Griffin</a>&nbsp;noted "<em>citizen.... the title given to this page is the title of the article to which it is referring...</em>"</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christopher Hawthorne&nbsp;</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviewed the new architecture exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art</a> - concluding "<em>When architects de...</em></p> LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne calls MOCA's revamped architecture show "a model of insularity" Archinect 2013-07-01T17:26:00-04:00 >2013-07-08T20:56:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now that the exhibition has opened at the museum's Geffen Contemporary branch in Little Tokyo, where it will limp along through the middle of September as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents series, it's clear that it is the product of an architectural ruling class in Los Angeles that is not so much dysfunctional as increasingly insular.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Andrew Rice shines a spotlight on Michael Kimmelman's war on Madison Square Garden Nam Henderson 2013-06-10T15:43:00-04:00 >2013-06-12T18:58:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It might seem like a mismatch: the Dolans, veterans of many public brawls, against Kimmelman, an urbane trained pianist who previously wrote primarily about art. But such is the power of the Times when it&rsquo;s given to a crusading voice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ghastly Bridge, Hopeless Rail Plan Leave New York Cheated Archinect 2013-06-05T13:50:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T02:18:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renderings by Tappan Zee Constructors LLC, the team selected to design and build the bridge at a cost of $4 billion, show a structure crowned by 400-foot-high towers that look like insect antennae waving aimlessly in the wind. Four pairs of masts tilt outward, from which cables splay to support the road deck. The towers are intended to form an iconic image, but they are just stumpy. This is a site that deserves the magnificence of the Golden Gate Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Henry Hope Reed, Architecture Historian, Dies at 97 Archinect 2013-05-03T13:38:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T14:18:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Henry Hope Reed, an architecture critic and historian whose ardent opposition to modernism was purveyed in books, walking tours of New York City and a host of curmudgeonly barbs directed at advocates of the austere, the functional and unornamented in public buildings and spaces, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 97.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Condition of Chinese Architecture; Elaboration of a critical approach Pier Alessio Rizzardi 2013-04-24T18:58:00-04:00 >2013-04-29T20:10:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> As it was Manhattan in New York nearly a century ago, China turns into a new stage in world architecture.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The facts and figures behind Asian urban growth compared to Europe are incredible: it is five times faster, what took 100 years to happen in Europe has taken place here in just 20; it is also 8 times bigger, 23 cities in China have populations of over 5 million whereas there are only 3 in the whole of Europe, and all this concerns an overall population that is twice as big, 731 million in Europe compared to 1,342 million in China. At the moment, the urban population is bigger than the rural population, accounting for 51% of the total. It is estimated that this will rise to 83% in 2035, when the process will eventually stabilize. The urban population requires services and infrastructures that call for a design approach based around big numbers.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The physical appearance of Chinese cities is strongly influenced by demolition: &ldquo;Only 10% of historical buildings in China ha...</p> Traditional news outlets recruit architecture critics Lamster, Saffron and Sorkin Archinect 2013-04-22T16:45:00-04:00 >2013-04-24T15:10:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The shrinkage of daily newspapers and news and culture magazines has thinned the already slim ranks of architecture critics. While blogs and social media proliferate debate about architecture and design, many have fretted about the lack of a common dialogue around architecture and urbanism as defined by the work of leading critics. It turns out that architecture criticism is far from dead, however, as three established voices are finding new outlets with newspapers and national magazines.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Mark Lamster has been appointed architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News. Inga Saffron has begun writing a monthly column on urbanism for the website of the newly re-launched New Republic. Michael Sorkin is slated to begin writing for the left-leaning Nation magazine.</p> Dreams Built and Broken... Nam Henderson 2013-04-22T15:00:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T15:00:42-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Analysis, rather than the promotion of starchitects, was her aim, and a prodigious amount of research underlies her early, punchy pronouncements as well as her late, magisterial style...Her death removes a passionate and particular voice from the shrinking ranks of full-time architecture critics, but also represents a loss of institutional memory for architecture culture...She didn&rsquo;t offer compromise positions</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the May 6th edition of magazine Alexandra Lange authored a paean, in which she explores the legacy of Ada Louise Huxtable. Ms. Lange identifies how Ada Louise Huxtable's life and career make the case for architecture criticism "<em>as an essential beat for a metropolitan newspaper</em>" as well as for an appreciation of architecture.</p> <p> Image via Laurie Olin's tribute to Ada Louise Huxtable <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> Art/Architecture critic Philip Kennicott wins Pulitzer Prize for criticism Archinect 2013-04-17T19:42:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T19:18:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kennicott&rsquo;s entry included several pieces published in the Style section last year. One was a review in June of an exhibit of creations by the architect Kevin Roche at the National Building Museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Assessing Roche&rsquo;s work, Kennicott wrote, &ldquo;In the end, Roche&rsquo;s reputation will rise or fall depending on what becomes of the corporate world he served. If the end of corporate America is a dystopian hell of environmental catastrophe, vast economic inequity and social instability, the corporate architects of our age will not be remembered fondly. But if our age yields to a better one, just as the tyrannies and kleptocracies of past centuries sometimes yielded (perhaps temporarily) to more enlightened, democratic societies, then Roche&rsquo;s work might have the charm of baroque palaces, Egyptian pyramids and Parisian avenues.&rdquo;</p> Editor's Picks #309 Nam Henderson 2013-04-02T11:00:00-04:00 >2013-04-07T15:27:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect was excited to announce a competition we're co-hosting with Designer Pages and the LA Film Festival. This competition seeks proposals for the interior design/layout of the VIP Director's Lounge for this year's LA Film Festival</a>. The winner will have their design executed, with a cash prize and an "Industry Badge" pass to the LA Film Festival in June. The winner's designs will also be on display in the director's lounge throughout the festival.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>News</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> The Architect&rsquo;s Journal reported that Denise Scott Brown has called for her role in Robert Venturi&rsquo;s 1991 win to be acknowledged retrospectively as a salute to "<em>the notion of joint creativity</em><em>"</em> and retrospectively acknowledge her role in Robert Venturi&rsquo;s 1991 Pritzker Prize during an AJ Women in Architecture luncheon in late March</a>. Since, nearly 2,000 advocates have passionately rallied in Brown&rsquo;s support by signing an online petition created by Harvard&rsquo;s GSD Woman in Design Group. Among the signatures include architects Zaha...</p> The LA Time's Christopher Hawthorne holds no punches in his review of Morphosis' Perot Museum Archinect 2013-03-26T19:47:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T00:12:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is a thoroughly cynical piece of work, a building that uses a frenzy of architectural forms to endorse the idea that architecture, in the end, is mere decoration. Mayne's design appears to put innovative architecture on a literal pedestal &mdash; or a plinth, to be exact &mdash; while actually allowing it to become peripheral, noticeably separate from the heart of the museum and its galleries.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mariana Van Rensselaer, Founding Mother of Architecture Criticism Places Journal 2013-03-01T19:18:00-05:00 >2013-03-03T20:19:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Whatever you want, then, go to an architect for it; not to a carpenter, or a mason, or your own still more profound incompetence. Tell him all your practical, material desires, and insist that they shall be respected... Settle your practical desires and state them clearly; and, if you will, pour out your vague aesthetic wishes; try to explain those crude artistic preferences, those misty, formless visions which you are pleased to call &ldquo;my own ideas.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, though little known today, was not only a leading architecture critic of her day but also one of the pioneers of the field in the late 19th century. On Places, Alexandra Lange analyzes her writings and her influence. As she writes, "Mariana Van Rensselaer worked out the ground rules of the fledgling profession, struggling to be a critic of greater conscientiousness, while calling upon her players &mdash; architects, clients, public &mdash; to do their jobs properly."</p> <p> In a related features, Places has republished Van Rensselaer's 1890 essay, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Client and Architect.</a>"</p> Better technology does not equal better architecture Nam Henderson 2013-01-23T18:05:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:50:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How can we let geriatrics design the future? There is a creeping conservatism in old age, Rogers and Piano&rsquo;s Pompidou was genuinely revolutionary, but that was in 1977, ever since then they've been riffing off the same ideas, with decreasing vitality...They are past retirement age and yet they march on, pulling out the same ideas over and over again, while the planet fawns obsequiously at their feet.</p></em><br /><br /><p> As part of Vice Future Week, Eddie Blake pens a critique of the current geriatric state of architecture. He believes that we must move beyond the tired designs of the past and embrace a new emerging architecture. The future of architecture is more co-operative, varied, often temporary and emphasizes "<em>the evolution of a building, rather than how it looks as a finished piece</em>".</p> <p> H/T <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sevensixfive</a></p> Architecture Critic Ada Louise Huxtable Dies Archinect 2013-01-07T19:22:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T19:23:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ada Louise Huxtable, the dean of American architecture critics, died Monday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. She was 91.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Louvre-Lens: helping a mining town shed its image Archinect 2012-12-05T15:01:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T22:58:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The &euro;150m satellite of Paris's Louvre museum shimmers like an apparition on the raised plane of the former coalmine, looking down over streets of pitch-roofed miners' houses, dotted with the occasional chip shop. The building is formed from a series of long, low-slung walls that fade in and out of view as the changing light dances over its surface &ndash; or as clouds of drizzle engulf it entirely in the wintry gloom.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #292 Nam Henderson 2012-12-04T11:42:00-05:00 >2012-12-07T06:05:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>b3tadine[sutures] concurred "i love it. that work of this complexity and beauty is being built in Dallas, let alone the US, is testament to Mayne and Morphosis being one of the premiere firms in the world&rdquo;. However, some like accesskb argued "beautiful forms and spaces... ugly and cold choice of materials and colours".</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> The post announcing the opening of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, designed by Morphosis Architects and which opened this past Saturday in Dallas, featured some great photos by the photographer Iwan Baan</a>. <strong>Cosmos</strong> commented "<em>Everything about this building is great.&nbsp; Function, construct-ability, massing, circulation, materials, contextual awareness, technology, aesthetics/ design sensibility, etc...</em>&rdquo; and <strong>b3tadine[sutures] </strong>concurred "<em>i love it. that work of this complexity and beauty is being built in Dallas, let alone the US, is testament to Mayne and Morphosis being one of the premiere firms in the world</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> However, some like <strong>accesskb</strong> argued <em>"beautiful forms and spaces... ugly and cold choice of materials and colours</em>". <strong>Thayer-D</strong> also believed &ldquo;<em>This type of &lsquo;throw it on the wall and see if it sticks&rsquo; type of builidng is so common that it makes me wonder why this one should elicit so much commentary...Some of their earlier work was truly sensuous and warm, but this bu...</em></p> In a state that resembles wonder Nam Henderson 2012-12-03T13:42:00-05:00 >2012-12-04T09:27:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building is alluring but unsettling. Is the museum&rsquo;s 10-story concrete cube splitting apart or being pieced together? Is it being held intact by an enormous brace &mdash; a transparent protrusion on the cube&rsquo;s side containing a 54-foot-long escalator &mdash; or is that a destabilizing gash that pierces the building&rsquo;s body?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Edward Rothstein visited the&nbsp;Perot Museum of Nature and Science and while his review focuses on the contents of the building, he also touches on it's architecture. Rothstein argues that the&nbsp;museum&nbsp;is an example of a not so recent trend wherein science&nbsp;museums&nbsp;as&nbsp;Wunderkammer (their goal being simply to present a collections of objects) have been replaced by science&nbsp;museums&nbsp;as &ldquo;science center" (which is less about objects and more about advocacy).</p>