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Posts Tagged ‘Norman Foster’

Fly Through Norman Foster’s Design for the New York Public Library

Change is afoot at the New York Public Library, which tapped Foster + Partners to mastermind an ambitious expansion that will more than double the public space within the 42nd Street building while preserving the 101-year-old landmark’s facade and its original interiors. Norman Foster joined NYPL President Anthony Marx last week at the library to unveil the initial schematic designs, which call for a new 100,000-square-foot lending library along with enhanced spaces for scholars, writers, and researchers. The video below offers an animated sneak peek at what the library will look like in 2018, once the project is completed. Entering through the library’s Fifth Avenue entrance, the camera travels on an east-to-west axis through the building’s first floor.

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More Crouwel/Vignelli For Your Monday

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Just as we thought we had last week’s AIGA NY Wim CrouwelMassimo Vignelli event all covered, turns out even more wit and wisdom has emerged. Michael Brenner over at DESIGNY has a wrap up of the evening, including images of some of the work discussed (very nice investigative work).

AIGA NY also put together these awesome Proust Questionnaires which Crouwel and Vignelli both answered, and in which we learn that they both have some serious architect-worship. Crouwel names Norman Foster as one of his real-life heroes; Vignelli names Mies van der Rohe. And if given a chance to do it again, they would both come back as architects. Hey, it’s not too late, guys.

You Say You Want a Rem-olution?

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In William Drenttel‘s current article on Design Observer, he criticizes Rem Koolhaas‘ bad decisions in his most recent project, the Central Chinese Television Headquarters. But during a two-night speaking stand in LA and San Francisco last month, Koolhaas had a surprising message for the design masses: Starchitects (himself included) are too busy trying to win contests with individualistic, extravagant work to devote serious thought to the true impact of their projects. You can watch Koolhaas’ appearance at USC (click lecture series), or read the reviews: John King from the San Francisco Chronicle covered the SF appearance and Rob Forbes was there, too, but more in awe of Koolhaas’ koolness. It’s almost as if Koolhaas has been rehearsing for the inevitable attacks against him.

Apparently, Koolhaas has also been rehearsing his dead-on impersonation of Nosferatu.