The classical tradition that Kahn had successfully integrated with modernism came into favor in the 1980s as a reaction to Miesian
restraint and the stripped-down boxes it inspired.
Given that today's vanguard architectural culture is very much alive and well, it would be unrealistic to expect--or even want--the MOMA and Whitney exhibitions to bring about anything resembling a Miesian
Lever House, the Miesian
, midcentury skyscraper designed by Gordon Bunshaft for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has become, in recent years, a deluxe site for the exhibition of contemporary art.
The pair relish the edginess and economy of raw or industrial materials played against modular, Miesian
In another room, animations slowly cycled through series of oscillating ledger-book grids and gradually corrupted rectilinear patterns--deceptively simple abstractions that suggested a continuum of architectural reference points, from the finicky proportions of Adolf Loos, to Miesian
steel skeletons, to soul-crushing public housing, to drab multistory parking garages.
(Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Ludwig Museum, Cologne) It has already been almost ten years since Genzken added antennae to a model of Philip Johnson's AT&T Building in New York--putting a cuckold's horns on the architect's commercialized reaction to Miesian
modernism (Deutsche Bank Proposal, 2000)--and yet the artist is still unrivaled in the courage she demonstrates in continually and radically rethinking her practice.
Despite the bucolilc setting, Jensen & Skodvin forsakes folksy rusticity in favour of a more minimal, Miesian
And McElheny's supplanting of the Miesian
curved wall with Tautian hexagonal units makes you think that this new skyscraper dedicated to the socialist spirit is no more than a glass hive for worker bees, perfect proletarian drones busy at work within a framework of historical inevitability that would, in time, end the class struggle with the inauguration of a classless utopia--the ultimate socialist delusion.
Distorting the Miesian
idea of universal space that is moderated by a regular grid of columns held between ground plane and soffit, in this building Ishigami creates something more idiosyncratic, scattering 305 columns within the 45 x 45m rhomboid plan, apparently at random, to create a series of forest-like clearings.