Shape of Things to Come – February 23, 2008
In the future, every building will be famous for fifteen minutes. Today’s quarter hour goes to Frank Gehry’s pleated, “incredible lightness of being” structure along the West Side Highway in Chelsea. I’m a big fan of unique architecture, especially in New York, where it seems that every building designed from 1970 through 1990 came from an old “Girders and Panels” set that I had as a child. I suppose that now, after decades of bland, soul-sapping office buildings, we’re in for a few decades of curving, twisting, undulating, soul-sapping office buildings.