"Too few museums undertake a deep inquiry that combines an insightful
designer with museum leadership that knows what it wants. Whether a design
is subdued or extroverted will emerge from an open-minded consideration of
growth that teases out what's unique about the collections, setting and
Yeah, either that or a completely arbitrary, preconceived notion, based on
what attracted tourists to another city somewhere, and reused in toto from
another project built on an entirely different site.
At a all-night arts festival it was interesting to watch crowd dynamics in
front of 'the crystal' if you can still call it that....the sidewalk was
packed and the crowd almost at a standstill. The cops even put barricades in
the curb lane of the street to devote it to pedestrians, but the
people/square meter dropped off as you approach the front door of that
thing. If you wanted to walk freely you had to 'risk' walking under it. I
did it, and felt a distinct, visceral sense of unease, which I had to
consciously overcome. Right up against it, the sidewalks were *clear*. While
not "Capital B" "Brutalist", it's making the some of the same mistakes as
many buildings from that period did. History is cyclical.
certain period in the 90s, that seeemed to me dehumanist and heartless
and lacking any reference to nayure, classicl elements or any romantic
notion, color or texture. A lot of this kind of architecture went
beyond mid century brutalism to kind of impose some kind of ugly
asthetic. There is an office building in DC crowned, literally, with a
kind of spiky , nasty metal crown, the kind that looks conceived to
impale large birds of prey. Neobrutalist buildings love the use of
steel. Lloyd's is an example:
An example of an interior, more what I was talking about:
So large a space for so little art:
*That* is supposed to look like a crystal? A crystal *what*? Crystals are
not just haphazard jumples of this shape and that shape. They are
expressions of *molecular order*.
This looks to me more like someone took a crystal, and threw it against a
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