From the East to the West, the Times Knows Architecture the Best


Couple of interesting stories in the NY Times about architecture over the past couple of days. The first, from Stamford, Connecticut, about the desperate plight to save Paul Rudolph’s 1972 modernist home:

The 4,200-square-foot stucco house, designed in 1972 by Paul Rudolph, stands out among its outsize Colonial-style neighbors at the end of Minute Man Hill Road. It is an elongated series of interconnecting cubes with cantilevered panels that hang above large windows. Pieces of Arctic quartz stud the exterior stucco, giving the off-white walls a rough-hewn texture…Because the house is less than 60 years old, the Westport Historic District Commission cannot legally seek to delay the demolition.

The second is about budding architects and schools and firms trying to escape from the shadow of Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne in Los Angeles, and provides a nice overview of some of the projects either recently completed or in the process. Here’s a little:

Meanwhile up-and-coming Los Angeles architects have distinguished themselves in the annual Young Architects Competition sponsored in New York by P.S. 1 and the Museum of Modern Art. Hernan Diaz Alonso of Xefirotarch won in 2005 with a swirling, billowing composition of tentlike bio-organic forms inspired by the tango. Jason Payne and Heather Roberge of Gnuform were finalists this year with a proposal called “Purple Haze,” after the Jimi Hendrix song, that featured “altered sensory states” like loungers made of rubber tube rings with depressed centers that become wading pools.