Beware of the Man in the Glass House
In a post on his Front Row blog, New Yorker film critic Richard Brody remarks
on the ferocious velocity of David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a narrative momentum required to pack into the confines of a commercial thriller the great mass of material from Steig Larsson's sprawling, detail-suffused book.
Andrew Geller: 1924–2011
At the risk of turning this into the obituary corner of Design Observer, I don't want to let the death of architect Andrew Geller yesterday go unremarked here. Geller isn't a household name in architecture circles, but he created many warm and wonderfully inventive modern homes in the 1950s and 1960s, most of them summer residences on the beaches of Long Island. These were not the megamansions one now expects out in the Hamptons, but inexpensive and modest homes with playful shapes that radiated a sense of post-war optimism.
Remembering Gene Summers, 1928–2011
At one point during the construction of the Seagram Building, one of the project architects felt his authority was being undermined and threatened to walk off the job. Mies, who was averse to confrontation and not keen on personal management, took the man to dinner and when the matter came up, offered a little advice: "Nobody gives you authority, you just take it."
Lunch With The Critics: Second-Annual Year-End Awards
From Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press)
How will 2011 be remembered in architectural history? A year in which the public reclaimed public space? The last hurrah of starchitectural extravagance? After long deliberation, our intrepid interlocutors offer you their awards for the year. The Silver Star Award
: Michael Kimmelman
, for his conversation-shifting debut as The New York Times’s
new sheriff in town. [ML] Old[er] Dog, New Trick Award
: Paul Goldberger, for his engaging engagement with the architectural masses on Twitter
. [ML] Best Impersonation of Jane Jacobs Award
, tweeting news on planning, neighborhoods and public space, and exploiting social media, just like her namesake would have done. [AL] Pauline Kael Critical Evisceration Award
: Esther Zandberg, for her cri de couer
on the moral and aesthetic bankruptcy of so much formalist architecture, and those who theorize it, in her review of Preston Scott Cohen’s new Tel Aviv Museum