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Nov. 24th, 2009 | 10:03 am



Nicolai Ouroussoff's review of Herzog and de Meuron's new Miami Art Museum design

I find Ouroussoff's architectural criticism to be focused on formalistic issues to the detriment of addressing other equally important criteria in architecture, like building technology, contextualism, and "user-friendliness". I wrote him this:

Mr. Ouroussoff, I enjoyed your take on the new Miami museum design, but how could you possibly not address the issue of siting an art museum yards away from the ocean in a world that will see the oceans rise with global warming? Doesn't that seem a little strange to you? And can Americans afford to build disposable museums anymore?

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blklthrtn

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from: blklthrtn
date: Nov. 24th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
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I guess it can double as a helipad on a oil rig in a few decades. I picture the scene in the movie Volcano where they are letting the poor peoples houses get enveloped by the lave while rushing to save the art pieces from the LA Museum of Art.

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oscarlikesbugsy

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from: oscarlikesbugsy
date: Nov. 24th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Do they know Miami well?

A grand staircase? (two, actually) How many residents of Miami are excited when they see a grand staircase?

For a place that takes a lot of color, the exterior seems bland.

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WESCOBear

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from: wescobear
date: Nov. 24th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Yea, I loved the galleries with all glass exterior walls "which can be covered." Uh, most art displayed in a museum with few exceptions (some sculpture) is very sensitive to ultraviolet light. Most good museums go to great lengths to shield art from direct sunlight, most elegantly at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth.



And I have to wonder if Herzog and de Meuron saw the Clark County Courthouse in Las Vegas, which seems to be a well composed version of the architectural mish-mash that they've decided to inflict on build in Miami.

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blklthrtn

Kimball

from: blklthrtn
date: Nov. 24th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes,
I remember the controversy of building an addition essentially copying portions of the vaults and "destroying" Louis Kahn's work. My only problem was that the fountains had settled and no longer flowed the sheet of water over the weir evenly.

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Pud

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from: stivalineri
date: Nov. 24th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Ouroussoff doesn't mention the Kimbell or Modern or the Amon Carter in Fort Worth, or the Menil or MFA in Houston all of which have exemplary natural lighting systems. He seems to loathe Texas to such an extent that it blunts his architectural acumen.

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WESCOBear

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from: wescobear
date: Nov. 24th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
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But they're THE New York Times! They don't go to the stinking provinces!

Perhaps he hates daylight (he is from New York.) And yes, as a lighting designer, I can vouch that the Kimbell is the gold standard by which daylighted museums are judged.

BTW, I had a minor role on the Menil Byzantine Fresco Chapel. I calculated the effect of the perimeter skylights to assist the architect in selecting the final wall and floor finishes. I didn't light the frescos, alas.

http://www.menil.org/visit/byzantine.php

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Pud

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from: stivalineri
date: Nov. 25th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
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You should come visit for LUEY to see your handiwork here when it's all nasty and cold in February in Philadelphia.

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hmm

from: tkn1114
date: Nov. 28th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
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all under? Something to check out next time down there. Not at all familiar. Thanks.

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bootbeartx

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from: bootbeartx
date: Dec. 1st, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps they can donate it to Fox News and let them broadcast amidst the ever rising tide.

I'll volunteer to lock them in.

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