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Archive: December 2011


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.

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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.

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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."

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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: @jane_jacobs, 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...

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The AIA Guide to NYC
Architect, June 2, 2010

Leo and His Circle
Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2010

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Architect's Newspaper, February 26, 2010

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Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2010

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Los Angeles Times, December 23, 2007

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Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2007

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Mediaite, July 10th, 2010

The Virtues & Perils of Design Thinking
Architect, July 8, 2010

Last Stop on the Way to Ellis Island
Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2010

The Architect 50: #1 SOM
Architect, April 28, 2010

A Clean Slate
Dwell, March 2010

When Artists "Borrow"
Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2010

The Aughts in Architecture & Design
Mediaite, December 11th, 2009

Lessons on the Art of Diplomacy
Huffington Post, October 21, 2009

The Art of Diplomacy
Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2009

What Barack Obama Can Learn from Peter Paul Rubens
Mediaite, October 10th, 2009

Next Door, New York
Print, October 2009

Ron Arad at MoMA
I.D., September 21, 2009

Play Ball
Metropolis, July 22, 2009

Bleacher Bummers
I.D., April 08, 2009

Bombs Away: A New Home for the Jets
I.D., February 2009

Clean & Clear: Chris Hacker Remakes J&J
I.D., April 22, 2008

Reflections on the Baseball Encyclopedia
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2008

The End of the Yankees Dynasty?
Slate, October 9, 2007

Taser's New Stunner
I.D./Business Week, July 9, 2007

Seven Days in Frankfurt
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