Throwback Thursday: The Vietnam Memorial

December 2, 2010 · Posted in Modern Design, Throwbacks · Comment 

Perusing a favorite text book while considering this week’s throwback, I was reminded of so much art that I love, but have basically forgotten about.  I came to an image of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  It’s not something I “love,” per say.  I really love Rothko and Alexander Calder but, those can be for another time. Anyhow, I saw the aforementioned picture and immediately thought of a poem that my dad does “love.” I won’t get into all of the famed wall’s details.  I will, however, mention something  regarding the memorial that I didn’t learn from a book or class.  “The wall bends in the middle to form two triangular wings that widen as they descend into the earth from a shallow height at the outer corners toward a depth of over 100 feet at their joint.” (Gardner’s Art Through the Ages. pp1137)  Ok, so, that descent into to the earth once didn’t mean much to me. But, when paired with the following poem by Carl Sandberg, Maya Ying Lin’s tribute has become quite poignant.


by: Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

    • ILE the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo,
      Shovel them under and let me work–
      I am the grass; I cover all.
      And pile them high at Gettysburg
      And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
      Shovel them under and let me work.
      Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
      What place is this?
      Where are we now?
      I am the grass.
      Let me work.

My Dad taught me that by creating a memorial that gashes into the earth, Lin is denying the grass to “go to work” and let us forget about those whose names The Vietnam Veterans Memorial bears.

Throwback Thursday: The Pantheon

November 18, 2010 · Posted in Architecture Around the World, Throwbacks · Comment 

We might have to do another throwback to the Pantheon someday, but, for today, this video is a nice intro to the facts and the look of this all-star edifice.

Throwback Thursday: Marcel Breuer's Hooper House II

November 11, 2010 · Posted in Architects, Modern Design, Throwbacks · Comment 

In 1958 Edith Hooper made one of the best decisions of her life.  I speak specifically about her decision to build a 7,800 sq. ft. house for $150,000 (just over $19/sq. ft.), and with Marcel Breuer at the helm it was bound to be good-looking too.  The house was featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1961, and was recently published in Dwell with its new owner.  Thank you Bauhaus and Marcel Breuer for a beautiful and unique house in Baltimore, Maryland.

Throwback Thursday: The Schroder House

November 4, 2010 · Posted in Architects, Throwbacks · Comment 

by 245Ronald

The Rietveld Schröder House (Dutch: Rietveld Schröderhuis) (also known as the Schröder House) in Utrecht was built in 1924 by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld for Mrs. Truus Schröder-Schräder and her three children. She commissioned the house to be designed preferably without walls. Rietveld worked side by side with Mrs. Truus Schroder-Schrader to create the house. He sketched the first possible design for the building; Schroder-Schrader was not pleased. She invisioned a house that was free from association and could create a connection between the inside and outside. The house is one of the best known examples of De Stijl-architecture and arguably the only true De Stijl building. Mrs. Schröder lived in the house until her death in 1985. The house was restored by Bertus Mulder and now is a museum open for visits. In the year 2000 it was placed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.[1]

Mrs. Schroder provided criteria for the design of the rooms: 1. A bed should be able to fit in the room in at least 2 different positions. 2. Each room should have direct water supply and drainage. 3. Each room should have a door that gave access to the outside. Gerrit Rietveld was able to meet all the criteria and created a masterpiece

Taken from Wikipedia and

Throwback to the Farnsworth House

July 9, 2009 · Posted in Throwbacks · Comment 

Not much more can be said about the Farnsworth house- or Mies van der Rohe.  I did learn; however, that Philip Johnson designed his Glass House after the Farnsworth House had already been started.  I also thought it funny that Frank Lloyd Wright said that the house was “un-American.”

Throwback to Segovia

March 5, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World, Throwbacks · Comment 
Segovia, Spain

Segovia, Spain

Segovia has to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  There is an aqueduct, a cathedral, tiny streets and a castle to top it all off.  I lived in Segovia for the good part of a year, and it’s just fantastic.  Walking around the streets is an architectural thrill-a-minute.  It’s all very old and protected so don’t expect modern, but it is very charming. This aqueduct was built about 100 AD, it stands 93.5 feet tall, and runs almost 20 miles from the source of water.  I went back about 3 years ago with my wife, and I recommend it to everyone looking for old school beauty.

My Wife in a Skinny Street

My Wife in a Skinny Street

The Azadi (Freedom) Tower

February 17, 2009 · Posted in Architecture Around the World, Throwbacks · Comment 

I never would have guessed that this monument was built in 1971.  It’s called the Azadi Tower, and it commemorates the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.  The architect’s name is Hossein Amanat, and he was the winner of the competition to design the monument.  It’s covered in marble, and there is a museum inside of it.  The Azadi Tower is located in Tehran, Iran.  Maybe that’s why I’ve never heard anything about it… we don’t tend to study much architecture from the middle east.  Has anybody ever seen this before??