The liveblog is back but I am not sure for how long or how lengthy the entries will be...
Mark Yoes and Claire Weisz
Founding partners of WXY Architects
The Social Life of (Infra) Structures
Malls and sprawl in Dallas
Completely commodified public space
but architecture school ignore these issues and didn't engage the world around them
instead it emphasized an inner coherence that was primarily about architecture itself
In school more influence came from
Italian neorationalism like Aldo Rossi
"Then I met JB Jackson"
He saw the landscape differently
He could see both its good and bad qualities simultaneously
Strip development was crass, but its crassness was an American form of expression
Their Battery Bosque kiosk was meant as something unique to the Battery but also something that could easily be reinterpreted for other cities
They also talked about some different designs at Rockaway Beach.
We are entering an age when even roads are suddenly being viewed and designed as a remarkable multi-purpose structure that is for far more than just cars
This week is the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Station, so you might also want to peek at the WXY proposal for that landmark.