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Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
5/6/2014 9:07:29 AM
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Re: Architectural digest/appetite
Terry, you are right, i should correct myself and say the clients have no vision...only want to save a buck or three. As I have said before, they are building buildings that are just rectangles with windows and a  helo pad on top. Thats it...nothing amazing, its just there...and will be for at least 50 years or more.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
5/6/2014 9:04:25 AM
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Re: Architectural digest/appetite
Kim, if i'm ever in NYC I'll be sure to check those building out. I'm living in Los Angeles, when I see buildings going up today, they are unpleaseing to the eyes. Not like what is outlined in the article or what you tell me about NYC. Houses are a different matter, I see a lot of mini mansions going up all over the city of Burbank and Glendale CA. People buy a home, referb it to resemble a million dollor or more home. outside they look nice but the surrounding homes then need to be upgraded as well. Some look great others not so much. I know architech's follow their clients wants/needs but man, some of these buildings/homes going up are just plain boring. Nothing pleasing to look at really.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
5/5/2014 6:32:06 PM
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Re: Architectural digest/appetite
I think it's a bit off the mark to blame the architects. Clients, especially clients funding commercial spaces, are notoriously conservative and cheap. You don't go to Frank Gehry or Santiago Calatrava for conservative; their commissions are dear. And often there's a building committee to satisfy, so it's not a single decisionmaker, and the finished product tends to reflect that (Exhibit A: 1 World Trade Center in lower Manhattan).

Even back in the day, Gaudi's buildings couldn't have been cheap to build. But somebody somewhere got behind this visionary and made sure his ideas were brought to life.

 

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/5/2014 5:03:52 PM
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Re: Architectural digest/appetite
Dave, you only have to walk down Park Avenue or Avenue of the America in New York to see the extent to which Bauhaus won that argument.

Older tower architecture downtown--the Municipal Building, the Woolworth building--is closer to an organic style, but unlike Gaudi borrows heavily from classical Greek-Roman influences.

Is there an American equivalent to Gaudi?

 

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/5/2014 5:02:09 PM
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Re: Missed this one
The double "l" in Catalan is really puzzling to non-native speakers.  This is a different example, but I really struggle with the double pronunication required by "Paral·lel"--as in the Avenida or the subway stop!

Paral.  Lel.

Of course, in Finnish they pronounce both "k"s in words with double "k"s. Try "tupakka" (tobacco).

 

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/5/2014 4:58:50 PM
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Re: Architectural digest/appetite
Thanks, Terry.  I went on a walking tour yesterday led by Margaret Watson of New York's Municipal Arts Society, and her theme was very much the role of architecture in defining public space and its utility. More about that later.

As for Gaudi, he was a deeply pious man, whose last years involved an almost monastic devotion to building the Sagrada Familia. The construction of the church was literally an act of expiation for him (more about that online, I'm sure).  But I agree, a lot of his Catholic contemporaries must have scratched their heads looking at what he fervently took to be religious art.

Parc Guell still looks like a dry run for Disneyland to most eyes.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
5/5/2014 2:57:41 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Architectural digest/appetite
Great post

We dont see very many of these types of buildings anymore, especially in the big cities of America. When large skyscrapers go up they are mostly a Rectangle with windows, nothing really stands out anymore.

We see gothic cathedrials of yesteryear and they were amazing and beautiful, today a moden catherdrial goes up and its all straight lines and very boring looking.

Do they teach how to design bland buildings in Architech schools?

 

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
5/5/2014 3:31:05 AM
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In defense of Mies van de Rohe
Thanks, Kim, for highlighting one of the most intriguing buildings in Barcelona. I have visited Casa Battló twice but somehow never caught up with its allegorical message. 

In defense of Mies van de Rohe, although I'm not a huge fan, there is a beautiful Pavilion designed by him from the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona, that has a rare tranquility about it despite the rigid lines. It brings in nature through two reflecting pools filled with pebbles and walls of incredible marble and travertine. Not cosy like Gaudí, for sure, but there's a serenity about the place.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
5/5/2014 3:29:58 AM
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Re: Missed this one
Thank you Terry. The Catalan pronounciation is "βəʎˈʎo" (by IPA standards). I don't think there is the ʎˈ sound in the English language, but it is something between a "ts" and a "y".

Catalan pronpunciation also changes in different areas of Catalonia. Barcelona's Catalan has a greater influence from Spanish and other languages, whereas the Catalan spoken in Lleida and Girona is closer to the original.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
5/4/2014 9:35:03 PM
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Re: Missed this one
You're a great cultural ambassador, Pablo! For those of us who struggle with the beauty and complexity of the Catalon language, please tell us how to pronounce properly "Batllo." (sorry... can't get the accented 'o' to come up on my keyboard!)

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