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  •  I love well done modernism (3.50)
    Corbusier, van der Rohe, Schindler, Neutra....what I don't like is poorly planned or gimmicking architecture (wasn't a fan of Graves' Portland building which was built while I was in architecture school when contextualism was the rage). There are plenty of modern and post-modern examples.  When you write

    Modernism, outside of the hands of its pioneers and most gifted practitioners carried no such guarantee

    I can easily agree.  Glad to see someone writing on architecture.

    •  Le Corbusier? (none)
      He had some interesting looking stuff form a sculptural point of view, but much of it was in practice unlivable and oppressive. Ugh. I pains me to see him listed in any way alongside the likes of Mies, Schindler and Neutra (a personal favorite of mine). To each his own, I guess. To me Le Corbusier represents the worst of modernism, both theoretically and practically.
      •  Got in the VDL House a couple of years back (4.00)
        and was astonished at what Neutra accomplished in such a tiny building. He had it all figured out before anybody.

        By the way, I took a couple of courses from John Stilgoe in the Carpenter Center's auditorium, and he never failed to go into frequent, long-winded rants about what a miserable failure Corbusier--and that particular buidling--was. I think he was just trying to goose the GSDers in the room.

        Obviously easy button to push.

      •  shrug (none)
        it's a matter of taste I suppose, but I think a lot of people condemn him for how people imitated him. I've never been to Ronchamp, though. In the context of his time, his work was amazing.  One of my favorites is Villa du Docteur Curutchet.  I'm not blog nimble enough to put the photo in my caption, unfortunately.  
    •  agree on the Portland building (none)
      it was totally a Post-Modern pin-up, but experientially a complete neutral building.

      Charles Moore was another Post-Modernist that produced a lot of building that didn't wear well.

      "You'd like that shit...it's all political and morose."

      by Miss Devore on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 06:09:27 PM PST

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      •  In arch school (none)
        we interviewed Eisenman for our architecture journal (we were from a large state university).  The three students with me stared at him in awe and nodded when he said (and this is an exact quote): "State universities produce builders, private universities produce designers."  I was too young and intimidated to mention the arrogance of the statement.  Too bad.

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