Washington and Koolhaas

All right, I’m back from Washington, D.C. and will now resume blogging. In Washington, I visited a good number of buildings that I had not seen before, and had a good time. The state of contemporary architecture in Washington is concerning, though. The few contemporary buildings near the city’s center are limited to the boring and/or downright bad (Museum of the American Indian, Word War II Memorial, Newseum). Washington needs a Rem Koolhaas building to shake things up.

The CCTV Buidling is twisted, contorted and expressive. Image courtesy Panoramio.

Speaking of Rem Koolhaas, here’s a new review of his CCTV Building in Beijing. The reviewer is clearly quite taken with Koolhaas and his ideas (as am I).

And no, the review is not by Michael Kimmelman. It’s by Nicolai Ouroussoff. I was under the impression that he was gone, but maybe he’ll stay through the summer until Kimmelman’s start in the fall. (This story just won’t go away.)

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