Then there’s this! Here are the 10 award-winners for 2015, just announced by the American Institute of Architects. Imagine throwing them together into a “neighborhood” alongside the winners of the AIA’s previous decades’ worth of residential design competitions. Consider how high such a neighborhood would rank for beauty on anyone’s list. It reminds me of Rem Koolhaas’s poster that gathered some of the world’s most iconic modernist towers into one setting. Rem being Rem, his point was the same one the critic Paul Goldberger makes every now and then – that modernism has created some great buildings but never a great city. I may not agree with that statement entirely, but it’s on target. Isn’t anyone listening?
(Check comments after winners. Glasses of ice water in AIA’s face!)