All posts tagged “witold rybczynski

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Form follows what?

Late 19th century and early 20th century architecture and industrial design is known for the axiom, “form follows function.” I think of the German Bauhaus School when I hear this, but supposedly it can be attributed to American architect Louis Sullivan. Either way, it was… Read More

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Holding a shadow

Debating the merits — or shortcomings, depending on which camp you’re in — of all-glass buildings isn’t new. But there seems to be a bit of a resurgence happening right now because of the recent opening of Hudson Yards in New York. There’s an important… Read More

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So is this Brutalism or not?

The Spaces just featured 21 Scott Street in Bronte (a suburb of Sydney) as its property of the week. (The home is currently listed.) Designed by MCK Architects, the home is also called the “Upsilon House” and was supposedly designed for a fashion-industry couple. Two things should… Read More

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Franchise starchitecture

Back in 2014, Witold Rybczynski (who taught at Penn while I was there) wrote an article in The New York Times Style Magazine called The Franchising of Architecture. In it, he argued against the trend of “starchitecture.”  Here’s an excerpt: “Architecture, however, is a social… Read More