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Jean Nouvel Is a MASTER Without a Style

Jean Nouvel Is a MASTER Without a Style | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

It’s Fashion Week on the Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, and a black-clad mountain of a man lumbers through a hotel lobby full of preening gazelles. His long coat sweeps a Champagne flute off a coffee table and into a young woman’s lap. He makes vague blotting motions, as if he could soak up the Champagne remotely, then gives up and moves on. His assistant grabs a napkin and administers a few firm dabs and profuse apologies. She, too, moves on, following her boss into a private dining room for a working lunch. A few minutes later, a waitress pops in with an update: The young woman is fine, she’s been given a new drink, and, in fact, “Elle est ravie que ça soit vous” — she’s delighted to have been soaked by one of France’s cultural treasures, the architect Jean Nouvel.



In a nation that makes celebrities of its philosophers and literary critics, Nouvel is more than a designer of buildings; he’s a curator of French architecture’s cultural ambitions. His Philharmonie de Paris, which opened in January, embodies the desire to bridge the chasm between elite and popular music — or, depending on your politics, it’s a state-sponsored boondoggle squandering fortunes on deluxe entertainment. The Musée du Quai Branly, a rust-colored museum of non-Western culture that crouches in the greenery near the Eiffel Tower, plunges into France’s long and fraught debates over colonialism, Orientalism, and primitivism. His Louvre Abu Dhabi will bring a new cultural juggernaut to the Persian Gulf with the help of a French museum consortium and a French brand name.


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, September 3, 2015 3:07 PM

"to treat Nouvel’s work as nothing more than arrogant folly is to dismiss one of the era’s great practitioners. What makes him interesting is the interaction of his talent and his flaws — the fact that an architectural genius can also be an egomaniacal sculptor."

 

a great read and a very interesting genius...

 

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, October 7, 2015 4:23 AM

Nouvel nos habla de su relación con París:

“My approach to architecture is tied to my European culture, my French upbringing, and my Parisian trajectory,” he says, studying the label on a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. “But I think it’s essential to merge an insider’s knowledge with an outsider’s perspective. Otherwise, you take too much for granted, and you fail to see what’s possible. Sometimes when you think you know a city, you don’t really know it at all.”

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Paul Rudolph: Concrete Connoisseur | Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now

Paul Rudolph: Concrete Connoisseur | Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:44 PM

Paul Rudolph was born to a nomadic Methodist preacher in 1918.

He was instrumental in the development of the Sarasota School of Architecture which highlighted natural light, sweeping overhangs and flat roofs, among other details.

 

His Brutalist Architecture (architectural style of the mid-20th century characterized by massive or monolithic forms, usually of poured concrete) is often a contentious subject in light of the frequency in which it is in the headlines for demolition versus restoration.

 

Paul Rudolph is high on the list of great American Architects

 

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MINIMALIST Architect Tadao Ando The Minimalist Architect who brought

MINIMALIST Architect Tadao Ando The Minimalist Architect who brought | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it
The minimalist architect Tadao Ando who brought the elements together. Famous Minimalist Architect Tadao Ando. Japanese Minimalist Architect

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, June 17, 2014 12:31 PM

"I do not believe architecture should speak too much, it should remain silent and let nature in the guise of sunlight and wind " T.A.
Marco Jongmans said,"The only architect whose ammount of books on my shelves equal those of the upper-god Mies van der Rohe; Tadao Ando (Osaka,1941). Professional #boxer, carpenter, self-educated #architect and master of #Japanese #minimalism. #TadaoAndo http://www.pinterest.com/Enso/the-architectural-pantheon/
We are huge fans of Tadao Ando, his architectural aesthetic speaks to us.  "Ando uses mainly concrete and glass. He projects unique spaces, which change constantly, because the sun and wind play in their confines. The Minimalist Architect  himself says that light has a decisive role in all of his projects."One of his favourite elements is water. That’s why he builds his buildings close to water areas, added naturally and harmoniously to the exterior. Although the concrete constructions are perceived as heavy and harsh, the works of the genius Japanese man are gentle like silk. The grace they possess is not as much due to material combination, as to their shape."
"If I can create some space that people haven't experienced before and if it stays with them or gives them a dream for the future, that's the kind of structure I seek to create."   Tadao Ando