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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Hadid

posted by on October 15 at 16:16 PM

Who will stop Zaha:
rec_12827_10344_w500h500q75bw1_1034206958.jpg She and Calatrava are ruining the world.

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Posted by Mother | October 15, 2007 4:22 PM

charles, i havent heard your full explanation for hating him, but judging by this swipe i assume you have one.

have you ever been in the presence of his work? bc its incredibly serene and dramatic stuff wrought with w organic complexity. the man is a natural bridge builder.

Posted by jz | October 15, 2007 4:39 PM

forgot to mention that i was talking about calatrava.

Posted by jz | October 15, 2007 4:41 PM

jz, from something i wrote over here:

The structures of Calatrava (who is a mathematician, designer, and sculptor) inspire two responses, the first of which is utter amazement at the sight of their soaring and asymmetrical elegance. His buildings and bridges are the distillations of architectural materials into the perfect stuff of art. The second response to his work is a growing uneasiness. Upon a closer and longer look, Calatrava's structures begin to take on a skeletal appearance--they become less like the stuff of art and more like the bleached bones of monsters that once lived and dumbly died in the land before time.


The monstrous nature of Calatrava's architecture is a consequence of it being inspired by human and animal bodies. The sketchbooks displayed in The Architect's Studio exhibit are filled with watercolors of walking bodies, flying bodies, bodies confronting bulls, and bodies that harden into buildings. None of these human forms are fat; all are as slender as the Turning Torso building that Calatrava designed and was recently completed in Malmų, Sweden. Because Calatrava's buildings and bridges are basically giant bodies or body parts, and because most of these buildings and bridges are made with pure white concrete, they end up looking like the pristine remains of prelapsarian creatures that plodded about the frozen earth flattening our fur-appareled ancestors with their giant feet.

all i take back is the last paragraph of the review of his work.

Another troubling aspect of Calatrava's buildings is they are so singular, so monological. Though the architect can speak seven languages, his structures only know how to say one thing, in one language. Form for the sake of form. His buildings and bridges do not communicate with their natural or built surroundings; they stand alone, deriving their energy and inspiration not from outside sources but entirely from within. Like Hegel's oriental "absolute," Calatrava's most outrageously shaped building (the Tenerife Concert Hall in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain) is a "light which illumines itself. Only it not only illumines itself but also emanates."

here i was completely wrong. the best thing about calatrava work is its unified look and language. all great art must have a program.

Posted by charles mudede | October 15, 2007 5:15 PM

Big Salad Spinner

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Posted by S. M. | October 15, 2007 7:17 PM

none! it is: moo-DAY-dee (dee as in devious)

Posted by charles mudede | October 15, 2007 7:55 PM

not to mention, spreading herpes to all her students. yech i hate that fat ugly bitch.

Posted by mike | October 15, 2007 8:48 PM

Yeah! Thanks for helping me say your name! :-)

Posted by S. M. | October 15, 2007 9:00 PM

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Posted by cale | October 15, 2007 9:23 PM

My god - IT'S NOT A CUBE!

Posted by The Baron | October 16, 2007 7:51 AM

there is some great architecture right now we need more especially where I live which is an architectural wasteland, Vancouver Canada. I just wish someone would build something amazing here instead of boring towers containing thousands of overpriced units with tiny useless balconies. Anything that deviates from the box is fine by me.

Posted by -B- | October 16, 2007 9:07 AM

It looks like a giant air-filter.

Which for some reason reminds me, it's time to bring out the humidifier.

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