Printer Friendly

Truth about architecture.

Before a packed house of more than 900 people at the 92nd Street Y, famed architects Richard Meier, Charles Gwathmey, Peter Eisenman, John Diebboll and Alan Ritche discussed the continuing evolution of architecture as an artistic form.

The forum titled: "The Truth About Artchitectecture" was hosted by historian Michael McKenzie.

Taken with the artistry of Philip Johnson and Alan Ritchie's latest project, the Metropolitan--a 32-story, high-rise on 90th Street and Lexington--McKenzie decided it would be a worthwhile endeavor to bring Johnson's proteges, including Gwathmey, Eisenman, Meier and Ritchie, together to discuss the forces that inspired a high-rise condominium like the Metropolitan, which is noted for its rounded corners, seven rectangular sides and adjacent cantilevers.

Diebboll spoke for Michael Graves, who was unable to attend due to illness.

"Architecture is probably the most undervalued of all art," McKenzie said. "These gentleman are all sculptors and artists."

The central theme of the evening was the influence Johnson has had on transforming architecture from formalized structuralism to a venue for political and creative expression.

Each of the architects showed examples of their work and explained how their designs have illustrated this transformation.

"Architecture is a continuum," said Gwathmey, referring to his renowned talent for enhancing existing buildings with expressive additions.

"You can respect an icon and also enrich it, humbly, by intervention, renovation and extension, by letting the original building slide through past the addition to be revealed outside and inside.

"It's archeological preservation in the best sense of the word."

Gwathmey, Meier and Eisenman also discussed their submission for the World Trade Center-site design competition as an example of the expressive potential of architecture.

Their design, which did not win, included two pools serving as the original towers' footprints.

The pools would have reflected giant shadows onto 40-foot high, lit glass roof.
COPYRIGHT 2003 Hagedorn Publication
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:'The Truth About Artchitectecture' forum
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Oct 15, 2003
Previous Article:New $37m Bayonne golf club.
Next Article:Scaffold safety training.

Related Articles
A man of true principles.
Pope calls for communication not alienation.
Sony central.
A thousand words: Thomas Ruff Talks about "L.M.V.D.R.".
Dirty laundry gets airing.
Architecture, cost and politics.
A house is not a home.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters