December 15, 2004

Architecture That Will Move You

Book Review

Santiago Calatrava: The Complete Works
Alexander Tzonis

Rizzoli International Publications Inc.

The launch of the new Museum of Modern Art in New York begs the question, what is modern now? While the dramatic and curving forms of Calatrava break plenty of the rules normally associated with modern architecture, you must admit that his bold, elegant style is hardly a throwback either. His work embodies the idea of the new -- albeit where engineering and artistry happily coexist, a traditional aspect of architecture. The 21st-century poses a whole new range of architectural possibilities.

December 1, 2004

Looking Up at MoMA

MoMA Presents the Latest in Skyscrapers in Tall Buildings
New York

Good for New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to give an entire exhibition to the art of the modern skyscraper. This summer saw Tall Buildings take over most of the museum’s temporary quarters in Queens for a show that presented models (with drawings and photographs) of some of the most innovative work from the world’s hottest architects.

From Norman Foster to Rem Koolhaas to Hans Hollein, the big names were well represented by work in London, Beijing and Vienna, among other locales around the globe. One got the feeling from the show that extraordinary large projects were sprouting up all over the world.

June 15, 2004

Miami's Modernism



When you think of the architecture of Miami Beach, it is easy to focus on the famed Art Deco of South Beach. Produced in the 1920s and 1930s, those fanciful and now colorful structures seem the height of decorative architecture. But to limit a study of the island's great architecture to this district is to miss out on an equally elaborate and creative style located primarily to the north, and especially concentrated in the areas of Bay Harbor, Surfside and Bal Harbor. This distinct form of modernism is expressionistic and daring, employing severe angles and bold decorative devices. It is a southern Florida specialty known as Miami Modern, or more likely by the moniker, MiMo.