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.