Yesterday's Future, Today
Last week I travelled up to the Canadian Centre of Architecture, in Montreal, to review Architecture in Uniform
, a new exhibition on architecture and World War II, curated by Jean-Louis Cohen. That review is forthcoming (in AR
), but for the moment let it be said that this fascinating, disturbing, and provocative show was absolutely worth the trip. Among its discoveries: the modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley designed the courtroom of the Nuremberg Tribunal.
Postmodernism Returns (Or Maybe It Never Left)
Is there any more pejorative word in the architectural lexicon than postmodernism? There is no style more reviled, not even modernism itself. I've come to know this first hand studying the work of Philip Johnson, and it was repeatedly emphasized to me as I was reporting my story on the history of postmodernism
for the (must-read) 30th anniversary issue of Metropolis.
What Baseball's Hall of Fame and a Communist Museum Have in Common
During this afternoon's telecast of the Yankees-Red Sox ballgame, discussion naturally turned to the fate of Manny Ramirez, who retired yesterday after failing a drug test for the third time. Ken Rosenthal, a Fox reporter who has the privilege of voting in Hall of Fame elections, stated he would not cast a ballot for Ramirez. I suspect this is the majority position among voters, even though Manny, by the numbers, is clearly qualified for induction.
The Plight of the Political Artist
In a post on his blog entitled This Cannot Pass
, Lebbeus Woods, who might be the conscience of the architectural profession, has vowed to accept no further commissions in China until Ai Weiwei is released from detention, unharmed. I hope the latter portion of this demand/plea is still a possibility.