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Yesterday’s Today

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Daniel Sully

“Like any lie, Modernism was eventually found out, but it didn’t skulk ashamedly into the thickets of history. Corporate America still needed large cheap buildings, and the architectural profession still needed corporate America.” – James Howard Kunstler, “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” Have you ever been in a place and wondered about its past lives? The people walking through halls before you did, …

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The Weird White Building

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Leslie

I have walked by this building around 5 times when I would walk 7th avenue on a nice day out. I always felt like the building was out of place and awkwardly placed hear 14th street.  Until recently, I didn’t realize it was a hospital. I usually would walk by (from across the street, and I would have never guessed …

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The New Is Inauthentic

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Abigail

I’m not sure why many of the most famous examples of modern architecture feel alienating to me. But I am sure that this experience is shared by many of modern architecture’s critics, who form a quite large and somewhat diverse community. Having looked over the readings for this week, and done some cursory image searching, I think scale and distance …

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Healing Machine

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Sara

If machines for healing were what hospitals were supposed to look like, Woodhull would be ideal.  Paul Goldberger Woodhull Hospital is a massive, brutalist structure on the skyline of (barely) South Williamsburg, just a few blocks from my apartment. Its silhouette is strict and unflinching.  Industrial and harsh, you’d imagine a manufacturing company, a factory, or anything devoid of human …

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The MTA: Old and New

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Tori

When you point at New York City, there are endless examples of pre-modern, modern, and post-modern architecture. This city, above all else, has proven time and time again that it was built to outlast change– be it change of certain ways of life or certain design preferences. Even during my time at NYU, I’ve witnessed areas go from predominantly dominated …

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Flame Towers

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Ivan

Last summer I flew to Baku to visit my close friends. Since I haven’t been there almost eight years, they decided to show me around and what had changed over the years. I was sincerely excited to see new parks, some restored buildings I remembered from the last time, as well as various summer cafes and lounges which provided a …

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Postmodern Consideration

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Rex

At the turn of the nineteenth century, architects began exploring with new forms that were perpetuated by advances in industrial technologies. Social pressures that arose from poor sanitation and overcrowding in dense urban metropolises looked towards modernist architectural theory to alleviate their burdens when it came to the built environment. Modernist architects like Robert Moses and Le Corbusier pioneered the …

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The Chelsea Hotel

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Sarah

As I moved to New York, West 23rd street became my new stomping grounds.  Before arriving, I found out that my street was also home to The Chelsea hotel, a landmark in New York known for being an artist colony.  In the 1880’s, a French architect Philip Huber designed the building in New York.  His approach was influenced by Charles …

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A Dangerous Corbusier

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Alejandro Ribadeneira

Le Corbusier’s proposals on how design should instruct dwellers and compose cities for his imagined city of the future appeal to me — in terms of urban planning —  as attractive paper design and insipid physical work. This is not to say that I do not admire his work seen individually, in a close picture. Le Corbusier’s house and mixed-use …

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Bobcat library

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Melvin

Its a bright sunny day outside, and I step into line push my way into the tuning door and arrive on the other side. My eyes take a moment to adjust and I i see the black comfortable chairs dotted with people. Its a bit darker in bobs library. I used to come here a lot to study but I …

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Dead Malls and Ghost Cities

In 6. Shock of the New, Uncategorized by Lulu

I love modern architecture, at least some of the pioneers and canonized figures and buildings. I love the ideas, experimentation and boldness. From Philip Johnson’s Glass House to Mies Van Der Rohe’s ‘modern temple’ at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The seriousness is quite poetic and can be somewhat humorous. For instance Le Corbusier and his ‘machine for living’ Villa Savoye …

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Alys, a Wonderland

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Falynn

Last year, I went on a vacation to Florida’s panhandle for the first time. On this trip, my friends and I decided to spend one day driving along 30A, a state road that runs parallel to the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. Every few minutes on the drive, you pass through a new neighborhood that has its own unique …

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Our American factory factory

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Jonathan

In the texts assigned for this week, writers tend to locate the birth — the antediluvian turning point — of a recklessly reproduced modern style somewhere around the invention of the industrial setting, the factory, the large shipping-crate-like container in which workers would toil without authority, automatons rendered useful in the partial production of a good. Yes, yes, yes, this …