Monthly archives: October 2011

Gehry admits criticism of proposed Eisenhower
Memorial has been "mostly fair"

Dezeen Wire: American architect Frank Gehry has said that "people are asking good questions" about his divisive design for a memorial to America's 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The proposal features large metal tapestries hung from 80-foot-tall columns and set in a landscaped park. At a presentation to fellow architects at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington on Tuesday evening, Gehry insisted that concerns voiced by the public and Eisenhower's grandchildren about the concept and scale of the project would be taken on board ahead of a planning application on 1 December - The Associated Press

"Stephen Bayley delivers Pomo its death blow"
- The Architect's Newspaper

Dezeen Wire:
author and curator Stephen Bayley has written a savage review of the Victoria & Albert museum's current exhibition of Postmodern design and architecture, which he describes as "a revived chamber of horrors." - The Architect's Newspaper

In his article, Bayley calls Robert Venturi's extension to the National Gallery in London "a pitiably ill-proportioned and architecturally illiterate dollop of pious schmaltz," and dismissively concludes that the exhibition is "a lot of tired one-liners, as fatigued as old newspapers."

See our previous story on the exhibition here, as well as reviews by Justin McGuirk of The Guardian, Alice Rawsthorn of The New York Times and Rowan Moore of The Observer.