Tag Archives: architecture
RIP Vlado Milunić (1941 – 2022)
Vlado Milunić was een Tsjechisch architect bekend omwille van het gebouw Dancing House (1996) in Praag.
Hij ontwierp die getorste structuur samen met de Amerikaan Frank Gehry.
Het gebouw wordt tot de klassiekers der postmoderne architectuur gerekend.
Ook de haast betekenisloze term deconstructivisme wordt er graag op geplakt.
RIP Ricardo Bofill (1939 – 2022)
Ricardo Bofill was a Spanish architect who built Xanadu (1971), La Muralla Roja (1973) and Walden 7 (1975).
His work references Gaudí, Palladio and Archigram.
Bofill’s opus is of major significance in European postmodern architecture.
RIP Gottfried Böhm (1920 – 2021)
Gottfried Böhm was a German architect and sculptor. His reputation is based on creating highly sculptural buildings made of concrete, steel, and glass.
He is best-known for the brutalist church Maria, Königin des Friedens.
Other brutalist churches include Wotruba Church.
RIP John Margolies (1940 – 2016)
This will have happened five years in two days, but I only found out today.
John Margolies was an American architectural critic and photographer.
I just spent (while researching the fantastic Jacques Moeschal) two hours intermittently trying to find the title of the book on roadside architecture I sold five years ago and then I found out that it is the one above: The End of the Road: Vanishing Highway Architecture in America (1981).
The link with Moeschal being that with lots of irreverence (I love the word, as well as the practice of irreverence) you can call the ‘signs’ of Moeschal ‘roadside attractions’.
RIP Cini Boeri (1924 – 2020)
Cini Boeri was an Italian architect and designer.
RIP Michael Sorkin (1948 – 2020)
This happened in March but I only found out today.
By reading Pandemic! by Slavoj Žižek which has a commemoration for Sorkin as epigraph.
Michael Sorkin was an American architect, architectural critic and activist.
An outdated version of Wikipedia says Sorkin was an outspoken supporter of politically leftist causes.
In 2005, he edited Against the Wall, which compares Israel to Apartheid South Africa.
This book caught my attention, as the geopolitical situation of the Middle East is becoming more and more of interest of me.
Not so long ago, it dawned on me that the Middle East was becoming my WWII. Allow me to explain. When I was younger I regularly came into contact with older gentlemen who were fascinated by everything which had to do with World War II.
World War II has never interested me much, except for the Holocaust.
As I grow older, I become fascinated with everything Middle East, with geopolitics and with clashes of civilization.
RIP Vittorio Gregotti (1927 – 2020)
And the first covid-19 victims start to come in.
Vittorio Gregotti was an Italian architect. He contributed the essay “Kitsch and Architecture” to Kitsch: The World of Bad Taste (1968) by Gillo Dorfles.
While the essay references Googie architecture and the kitsch of the roadside attraction, it fails to cite God’s Own Junkyard (1964).
It also fails to foreshadow the positive view of kitsch in Learning from Las Vegas (1972).
RIP Adolfo Natalini (1941 – 2020)
Adolfo Natalini was an Italian architect, known for his involvement in the radical architecture collective Superstudio.
Here is the short film Supersurface: an Alternative Model for Life on the Earth (1972), Superstudio’s contribution to the MoMA exhibition: Italy. The New Domestic Landscape.
At the same time as reporting Natalini’s death, we need to report the death of co-founder Cristiano Toraldo di Francia (1941 – 2019) who apparently died over the summer.
RIP Juliaan Lampens (1926 – 2019)
Juliaan Lampens was a Belgian architect whose name has become associated with brutalism.
Brutalism is architecture which makes ostentative use of béton brut (French for raw concrete).
The aesthetic is the last phase in modernist architecture (before the advent of postmodern architecture) and it was heavily criticized by Charles, Prince of Wales, author of A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture (1989).
For lovers of the style, which includes myself, a big part of the attraction is that the imprint of the wood grain from the formwork of the concrete can be seen on the exterior concrete of brutalist structures.
Juliaan Lampens’s most famous building is the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw Kapel van Kerselare in Edelare, which I visited in 2014 and 2019.
They also bless new cars there.