Tag Archives: Frank Gehry

Handmade Hipsterism v. Glass-and-Steel Globalism

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I was wandering in the East 40s yesterday when I came across a hipster coffee joint. As I looked at the wooden sign in the window advertising their goods, I had to suppress a snicker: an unfinished wooden … Continue reading

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Spicy Chicken, Ugly Buildings, and Freddie Mercury

Eddie Pensier writes: A recent business trip to Sydney brought some fantastic culinary experiences and some regrettable architectural ones. I made a pilgrimage to the Central Park shopping centre in Chippendale to visit (among other things) Daiso, that marvelously kooky … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: Bang For Your Buck Edition

Blowhard, Esq. writes: One of the objections I hear constantly to traditional buildings is that they’re too expensive compared to the glass-and-steel variety. “Do you realize how much it costs for all that custom masonry and sculpture?” they say. So, let’s … Continue reading

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Billionaires Dig Frank Gehry

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I recently watched a video of George Lucas being interviewed by Charlie Rose in Chicago. The topic: Lucas’ recently announced plans for a museum devoted to narrative art. Those plans were adopted by Chi-Town officials after … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower looms over the Potter Building in lower Manhattan. Click on the image to enlarge.

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Blowhard, Esq. writes: While Miami has the largest number of surviving Art Deco buildings of any place in the world, the number 2 city on the list might surprise you. Back here, I toured some Art Deco buildings in downtown … Continue reading

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Eyesore of the Month: Carlos Slim’s Museo Soumaya

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Although it’s almost two years old (hey, gimme a break, I’m a little slow), I just discovered that billionaire crony capitalist Carlos Slim has built a museum in Mexico City to house his fine art collection. First, … Continue reading

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Inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Since Sir Barken Hyena was unable to get a look inside the Disney Concert Hall, I thought I’d post these pictures I took in December. Besides, while the exterior is famous, I usually see far fewer pictures … Continue reading

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More Building Fun for Blowhard, Esq.

Fenster writes: It’s kind of hard to tell the intentional from the accidental.

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