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I know all these lists are all subjective, but really! How does Gehry rate the #1 spot over Frank Lloyd Wright? You can see Wright's influence in the work of many architects and in the layouts of modern floorplans. Gehry's done some spectacular buildings, but even so, his body of work doesn't even touch Wright's.
I guess its fortunate he rates a #2 spot. A. Aalto, E. Saarinen, and R.M. Schindler didn't even make the list!
2. Alvar Aalto
3. Rudolph Schindler
4. Eero Saarinen
5. H. H. Richardson
6. Henri Louis Sullivan
7. Sverre Fehn
8. Will Bruder
9. Ludwig Mies Vander Rohe
10. Kenzo Tange ...
... off the cuff
Of those on the posted list, Gehry (whose work will not age well), Pei (the most overrated architect), Hadid (who seems to be on an eternal 'trip') and Johnson (who on "60 Minutes" accurately described himself as a whore) don't belong. Tom Wright is an unusual choice, but interesting. I have mixed feelings about Renzo Piano.
I found it a surprise to see E. Fay Jones missing from the list. I was more surprised Santiago Calatrava was not listed as dramatic as his work is to the general public....I would put it on a higher plane than the work of some of the others on the the list.
That said -- fire away !
Isn't it much clearer and easier to say of a certain generation, century, or decade?
But seriously, Philip Johnson more iconic than Mies? And if Wright and Mies are considered to be of our time, how could Le Corbusier not be mentioned?
As entertaining as it might be to rate and compare, these lists are generally an excercise in futility.
The age of the idiosyncratic architect, or starchitect (don't you just love the silliness of modern culture?), dates back to the late 19th century. Without the likes of H. H. Richardson and Frank Furness, what would modern architecture be? Selecting The 10 Best "of our time," if one were to go back to the fountainhead, would be futile.
http://www.designboom.com/architecture/ ... -the-past/
Quite a behemoth to behold, but I suspect the view from the proposed building to Goff's and the garden that surrounds it will be pleasing. The Swiss architect "embracing" Goff's work?
I guess it is a consolation that the Asian Pavilion has no transparent fenestration (just Kalwall) and views of the new building will not pose a distraction for guests viewing the art.
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/pain ... tails.aspx
http://archinect.com/news/gallery/75004 ... -picks-319#