Tag Archives: Norman Foster

Ungainly BIG steps skyward

Rumors of BIG’s taking the 2 World Trade Center job from Sir Norman Foster erupted as news today. Silverstein Properties, the owner of the WTC site, has hired Bjarke Ingels Group and has released a video to instruct the rest … Continue reading

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7 brides for 7 buttheads

A breathtakingly gargantuan amount of balderdash was published by the New York Times today in “Seven Leading Architects Defend the World’s Most Hated Buildings.” The architects have all talked to Alexandra Lange. The first is the hardest sell – the … Continue reading

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BIG kicks Foster off 2 WTC?

The idea that the developers of the 2 WTC megalith – the last major skyscraper of the World Trade Center rebuild – might send Sir Norman Foster packing delights me. The idea of booting the architect even as his tower … Continue reading

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Another Chelsea Barracks?

According to Robert Booth’s piece in The Guardian, it appears that the next battle in the style wars of architecture will take place in London’s Hyde Park. Booth’s piece, entitled “Architects’ vision of London takes inspiration from 19th-century Paris,” describes … Continue reading

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Separated at birth?

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Norman Foster, separated at birth! Just look at them. Nose? Check. Eyes? Check? Chin? Check. A pair of suits with a yen to gesticulate. But on the other hand, maybe not. One was old … Continue reading

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Which stadium “is” Qatar?

  Which stadium better “reflects Qatari design and culture”? One of the two has been anointed by the nation’s top sports commission, whose chairman declared that it does reflect the nation’s culture; the other is one of several designs whose … Continue reading

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Taki’s take on New York

Here is a piece from The Spectator (of Britain) by Taki, the London socialite of Greek extraction who has written the magazine’s “High Life” column since 1977. In this essay he ruminates filmographically about New York and how it has … Continue reading

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Zaha “Ha Ha” Hadid’s thing

Even I don’t have the London City Halls to photomontage the People’s Daily into Qatar’s proposed World Cup Stadium, designed by Zaha Hadid. I refer, of course, firstly to Norman Foster’s London City Hall, called the “glass gonad” by London … Continue reading

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