Archinect - News 2017-08-19T22:23:30-04:00 Yamasaki's posthumous critique of the new World Trade Center Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:40:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I must ask myself if we want to design buildings for people to fit some preconceived idea of a glass world. Is this really the future of cities?" &ndash; Minoru Yamasaki</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the critical response to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new 1WTC</a> has been, at best, one of resigned acceptance, the original Twin Towers didn't receive much fanfare either when they first opened in 1973. Ada Louise Huxtable, then architecture critic for <em>The New York Times</em>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wasn't much of a fan</a> of Minoru&nbsp;Yamasaki's design:&nbsp;"I, for one, am not in thrall to size; build very big and you can build very bad&mdash;and the very bad will be inescapable."</p><p>Yamasaki responded, defending his monoliths of slitted windows with an attack on the very concept that characterizes the new 1WTC and Manhattan's skyline today &ndash; glass: "As for mirror glass, I detest it, because buildings with it look to me as if they have cataracts, showing no live within. On the interior, it produces strange reflections of lights, objects and people which gives me a feeling I can only describe as eerie."</p><p>Yamaski's complete letter was published in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CLOG's</a> 2014 "World Trade Center" issue. For more news on the World Trade Center:</p><p><a title="Foster's Out, Ingels' In: BIG-Designed Two World Trade Center to House News Corp. and 21st Century Fox" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster's Out, Ingels' In: ...</a></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> Architecture Critic Ada Louise Huxtable Dies Archinect 2013-01-07T19:22:00-05:00 >2013-01-07T19:23:05-05:00 <img src="" width="553" height="369" 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> The "Golden Age of the concert hall"? Nam Henderson 2012-05-10T12:05:00-04:00 >2012-05-10T12:05:44-04:00 <img src="" width="511" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Victoria Newhouse - "aesthetically I think they are greatly improved from what we had before...they're smaller and more intimate...more inviting...they are acoustically improved...and many of them have the ability to be reconfigured...all of this leads to a very exciting scene"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Victoria Newhouse author of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture and Acoustics of New Opera Houses and Concert Halls</a>&nbsp;along with&nbsp;Daniel Libeskind, Michael Kaiser and Renee Fleming were on Charlie Rose last month, to discuss the current explosion of "<strong>literally hundreds</strong>" of new opera houses and concert halls under construction. In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a recent review for the Wall Street Journal, Ada Louise Huxtable summing up the lesson of the book</a> wrote "<em>But Ms. Newhouse has learned that ideal acoustics are not even necessary for a hall to succeed. The essential factor is ambience</em>".</p>