"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.
I wasn't referencing I think I named everything brutalist during a
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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