Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Project Mayhem?

Burning Koolhaas Down via the New Yorker, Andres Duany fwd this himself to the Pro-Urb listserv, but since I've done my fair share of Rem (and his protege) bashing, it makes sense to include it as well here:
When the architect Andres Duany and his wife and partner, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, recently received the Driehaus Prize, given annually to honor traditional architecture, Duany delivered a talk in which he mocked modern architects for having “explored every shape that could be hyper-cantilevered, crashed, randomized, slashed, perforated, upturned, bent, dematerialized, dissed or otherwise transgressed.” He didn’t say he was thinking of Koolhaas’s CCTV building, but he might have been, since its shape is about as irrational, and as self-consciously bizarre, as you could imagine.