May 19, 2003
Did anybody catch any of Martha Inc. the made-for-TV schlock-u-drama on NBC last night? I actually felt sorry for her for about one second.
Did any of your stuff make it in David (aka Rem's Hiddden Treasure)?
I was there when Martha called Rem back. But my presence, thankfully, is not notable or noticeable. Get me Muccia Prada on the horn!
tmonkey's represented, though. (But the picture's not on-line.)
oh, wait I just see that someone's bemoaning ad clutter. That's so 1999!
Only because dbrown declined the Color Spectrum graph. I'm on the JV list.
BTW, what did people make of the epilogue to Delirious New York? I thought it was the best thing in the magazine.
I'm not sure it (the postscript) is good; on first read it feels cursory, late, and a little peevish (the jabs at Liebskind). We waited 25 years for this? (I mean, we didn't, but still.)
The ponderousness of RK's words echoes his sentiment that New York is over. Which makes me think that there was no possible outcome (this essay and its tone) of his effort other than this one. (Like Bechtel in Iraq.)
And maybe that's the "takeaway"; it's not that NYC isn't interesting (we all know that it is); it's that it no longer interests Rem Koolhaas. It's clear that his heart warms to convulsive periods, in New York in the 20s/30s, but also now in China, in the 1980s in Lille. It is not the city but its rapid transformation that is attractive. Pruitt-Igoe, anyone?
christ -- i am so outclassed by this conversation. Pruitt-Igoe?
I'm being flippant with the Pruitt-Igoe allusion, but maybe not completely. A brief history (more positive than not), and pictures. Pruitt-Igoe (designed by Yamasaki, whose other major work, the WTC, is also gone) is a symbol of different things for different people; for most, it's about the failure of 1950s/60s urban planning. But that failure is really the failure of a large-scale architecture/planning practice based on radical change. etc. more later, if you're interested
also, further proof. quote from RK in SMLXL: "Atlanta's is a convulsive architecture that will eventually acquire beauty."
I thought for RK (Rem Koolhaas, not R. Kelly) the beauty was the convulsion, brutality as an aesthetic goal. Which is why New York is so last year.