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Old November 30th, 2005, 03:26 PM   #1
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Trying to solve an architectural / literary riddle

In the David Bowie song "Thru These Architect's Eyes", the protagonist can be found wandering around what is presumed to be New York City (the girders of babel, the crawling land, the towers of iron) whilst observing the work of two great modern architects, Philip Johson and Richard Rogers.

One line in particular reads:

"Stomping along on this Philip Johnson"

and another:

"Looking across at Richard Rogers"

Furthermore, the concept of this album is somewhat a murder mystery.

So what I am wondering is.......

Is there a spot in New York city from which you can stand in - or on top of - a piece by Philip Johnson and look across to something by Richard Rogers? Or if not NYC, then some other city?

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Old November 30th, 2005, 09:02 PM   #2
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I guess if we want to answer this, we should start by identifying which NYC buildings were designed by Philip Johnson and which were designed by Richard Rogers. Unfortunately I am of no help here.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 12:36 AM   #3
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Quote:
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Is there a spot in New York city from which you can stand in - or on top of - a piece by Philip Johnson and look across to something by Richard Rogers? Or if not NYC, then some other city?
This could be tricky since Philip Johnson's buildings are mainly in the US, especially NYC and none in London, whilst Richard Rogers's buildings are mainly in Europe, especially London and none in NYC.

So this song can neither be about NYC nor London.

My guess would be... MADRID

Because Philip Johnson designed Puerta de Europa twin towers, and if you're on the rooftop of one of the towers, I suppose you can look toward the New Terminal at Barajas International Airport designed by Richard Rogers.
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