Spookitecture! Oh my!

An entry in the design contest for the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki.

An entry in the design contest for the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki.

Today is the perfect day to post images of more than 1,700 entries for the proposed Guggenheim Helsinki museum, generated by an international competition, that have been released to the public. The exercise reminds me of a phenomenon that goes by the name of another great Scandanavian city. The Stockholm Syndrome is when a captive begins to empathize with his captor. The Helsinki Syndrome is what afflicts a victimized city that craves the sort of building that will exacerbate its victimization. So, recoil in horror all ye who enter here!

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to Spookitecture! Oh my!

  1. Timothy Lehnert says:

    hi david — only recently learned about your post-journal blog, but have been enjoying it. Prospective Guggenheim aside, Finland is a dream destination of mine, a trip that would also include a visit to Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia. Anyway, I will look for you on Golocal dot Prov. Yours, tim



  2. Eric Daum says:

    I see an awful lot of computer-generated masturbatory Archiporn, but very little concern for the art.


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