Truth about architecture.
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.
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|Title Annotation:||'The Truth About Artchitectecture' forum|
|Publication:||Real Estate Weekly|
|Date:||Oct 15, 2003|
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