Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Glass curtain walls, Docomomo, and office-related architecture porn

"On a winter day, its vast atriums shudder with the sound of wind buffeting the sawtooth skylights. The only things moving along the miles of corridors are shadows."
The Office as Architectural Touchstone by David W. Dunlap, in Sunday’s NYT.

The suburban corporate campus is outgrown but often beautiful. The photos in the online slideshow — Glass and Grass — also stray toward the softcore; the scale of the suburban corporate campus (as designed by Eero Saarinen, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Edward Durell Stone, etc.) lends itself easily to a poor-man’s Andreas Gursky type of shot.

And then there is “Docomomo, an international advocacy organization (the acronym stands for the ‘documentation and conservation’ of the ‘modern movement’).”

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