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Old May 14th, 2008, 03:44 AM   #21
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Le Corbusier. His "vision" of what an "ideal city" should be is an absolute disaster. Le Corbusier is to architecture what Karl Marx is to economics.
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Old June 9th, 2008, 10:13 AM   #22
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There's lots of them! Any famous architect is overrated, probably. Also, what the hell is up with you Americans and your intense hatred for postmodernism, deconstructivism and/or any sort of thing which is even vaguely connected to poststructuralism, especially since you never had any structuralist school of thought to begin with. Same for those Americans who understand poststructuralism as a "tool for revolution". Even though in some ways and some versions it is.
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Old June 11th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #23
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^ Isn't it even worse in Europe? At least I have the impression that modernism is still largely the dictate of the day. God beware if a building could have some aesthetic that is not minimalist. In Austria the only acceptable alternative seems to be deconstructivism which is principally modernism where someone mixed elements around..
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Old June 12th, 2008, 03:24 AM   #24
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The only thing to come from deconstructivism is a lack of consistency and pointless forms.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 08:52 AM   #25
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i think that when an architect becomes a "celebrity architect" he or she instantly becomes an overrated one.
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Old June 19th, 2008, 08:59 PM   #26
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Daniel Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas and Frank O. Gehry. Some awful buildings created by them.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 10:44 AM   #27
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Even though it is a bit cliche, but I think Gehry is a bit overrated. I mean, Experience Music Project is an aesthetic disaster in Seattle, and his Las Vegas project is rather unappealing. Also, his structures poorly relate to their respective built environments.
Not all of them. The Dancing House fits in surprisingly well with its surroundings, but in this case Gehry was just a co-architect. As far as I know Milunić had the main role.

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Old July 10th, 2008, 07:40 PM   #28
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Not all of them. The Dancing House fits in surprisingly well with its surroundings, but in this case Gehry was just a co-architect. As far as I know Milunić had the main role.
well not all of them, but you have to admit some of his work looks just like everything else he makes, plus hes inpired a lot of other architects. You see "his" stuff everywhere now.
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Old July 11th, 2008, 06:11 PM   #29
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Gehry and Hadid.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 03:08 PM   #30
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Le Corbusier. His "vision" of what an "ideal city" should be is an absolute disaster. Le Corbusier is to architecture what Karl Marx is to economics.
I couldn't agree with you more. His legacy is one of misused space, ugliness, and architectural depression.

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Old July 12th, 2008, 03:17 PM   #31
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Gehry, Calatrava and Foster
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Old July 14th, 2008, 02:36 AM   #32
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Somebody here said Niemeyer, I completely disagree! Despite descontructivist, his forms are appealing and unusual enough to inspire beauty!
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Old July 16th, 2008, 12:44 PM   #33
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gotta agree, Oscar is pretty overrated

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Somebody here said Niemeyer, I completely disagree! Despite descontructivist, his forms are appealing and unusual enough to inspire beauty!
Niemeyer's lines are beautiful, but his buildings are deadzones. Very heavy when you experience them. All the white with no shade is unbearable in the bright Rio /Niteroi sun. I prefer his drawings to his actual buildings.

He sure loves that cement!
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Old July 16th, 2008, 01:14 PM   #34
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This sums up your comments to a tee.

[IMG]http://www.*************/books/niemeyer_legend_modernism/Niemeyer-Photo-6.jpg[/IMG]

I love his work. Only trouble it I dont think it relates well in sunny hot humid Brazil.

I think that damned Swiss architect that everyone loves is my pick for most overrated. I cant even bring myself to write his name.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 01:17 AM   #35
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Calatrava's Transit Hub is ugly, nobody wants to travel through a dead fish every morning.
Well, maybe not a dead fish after all: this [IMG]http://i35.************/2608xp2.jpg[/IMG] is a Venus Comb shell (Murex pecten).

It was Calatrava I thought about when I stumbled on that image on flick, some time ago...
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Old August 6th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #36
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Clatrava and Frank Ghery imo.
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Old August 6th, 2008, 07:51 PM   #37
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Calatrava. No doubts about it.

The rest, more or less overrated, are necessary tendencies to balance the equation...
But Calatrava... he is the great pretender (artist, engineer, architect... whatever it is needed to stay under the spotlight)
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Old August 7th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #38
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Cesar pelli, all his work looks the same - bland corporate and boring, and all remakes of his one seminal piece, the World Trade buildings in NYC. His greatest and most adventurous piece, the Petronas Towers wasnt even designed by him. The design was meant to have Islamic inspiration, yet Pelli kept sending in his usual generic boxes, with maybe an Islamic lattice border here or an arched window there, or a patterned lobby at the bottom, only for them to be repeatedly rejected. Exasparated, the Malaysian president finally drew him out the Islamic pattern on some paper and told him to use it as the birds eye view floorplan for tapering towers. The result:




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Old August 8th, 2008, 01:02 AM   #39
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Le Corbusier

His buildings and planning seemed so bleak and misguided.
I do appreciate and respect him for his his ideas and boldness though.

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Old August 8th, 2008, 01:02 AM   #40
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Everything Calatrava does looks exactly the same. I'm fairly certain he just does one thing and makes a complete copy of it somewhere else.
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