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Can We Still Build Real Architecture? « Back to Story
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And, despite the author's enthusiasm for these two ersatz follies, the answer is "no" - at least on this evidence.
Pastiche reconceptions of late 19th century buildings for niche clienteles don't represent "real architecture": they are the trite and - at least in the case of the Lauren building - over-built exercises in self-promotion.
To take up the author's cheery conclusion, what has "sold" here is not architectural vision or even, especially, aesthetic virtue, but rather the ostentatious fact of just how many monogrammed shirts went into being able to build a sham "classic" and, gosh, not use the height limit.
There is "real" architecture around - even within the economic, social and planning constraints of NYC - the BIG West 57th building has potential: but these? Please.
Lovely article. Great pictures. Thanks.
Beauty is truth . . . and apparently people are buying it.