Mark Harrington wrote:Well, sure, Alan, you could argue that formally it might
suggest flight = airport. But this is the kind of shake-things-up
architecture we need in the staid midwest to compete with
the Coasts!! I have always loved the columns in the War
Memorial and the way the cantilevers are balanced around
the building. Sad thing is that Milwaukee County owns it and has
deferred a great deal of maintenence. Now, it needs a lot of
exterior work - spalling concrete, the plaza. I fear they will
muck it up.
Mark i have to agree...i grew up and was educated in architecture in the midwest, and i think its great to see calatrava come that far to really blow some fresh aire into the lungs of american architecture...i was working at a firm in minneapolis that was sponsoring calatrava for the gold medal in 2002-3 and therefore he sent his watercolors of the MAM to our office, such elegance from a person with a phd in engineering as well as studied in architecture. i think he is a great combination, and i do find him venturing out, he is just a little larger scaled on most of his projects than most people consider....i am living in lisbon now and get to frequent his oriente train station, the guy has a deep, scary but extraordinary mind... i like to try and imagine he and gaudi in a design charrette for a starbucks...
his ramming into the saarinen building worried me as well, but looks more familiar when approached from the european standpoint. given the age of things, and speaking mainly from what ive seen in portugal, there is always evident this amazing contrast between old and new, dark light, etc...portugal is the land of extremes, and other countries in europe are not so different... in the us we are not used to such old things, and we hopefully strive to preserve whats left before it turns to plastic... i am sure santiago did however consider the sensetive issues of the union....thanks mark take care