Posted by Manuel Oliveros on January 11, 2003 at 09:54:51:
In Reply to: Is Norman Foster the biggest creature in architecture and design field? posted by Speedous on January 08, 2003 at 16:08:46:
No. I have always thought -and from the start- his practice lacks finest appreciation of beauty, and (as happens with so many famous architects whose practice is overextended/overinflated) his architectural statement is masking many times lack of or simply vulgar or overdue meaning. Piano I see finer in beauty appreciation, but its "section trick" (much shared by UK's Hi-Techs) is entirely worn. In this light one can learn to appreciate even seminal work like that of Per here posting, maybe (on account of personal and social characteristics) with scarce probability of fully develop. Insistence on something not practiced widely yet may bring something new, whereas massive doses of indigestible correctness stagnates unto the past.
These architects were more than are great their own way, some, like Foster, more as examples of the business success of an architect than as a creator of architecture.
As well, I think too resuming to label someone as the greatest. Each has endowments, some more developed and known, and other less.
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