July 16, 2004

Tall Buildings at MoMA QNS

POST #    1158

Last night, I went to a member's preview of the Tall Buildings exhibit at MoMA. (Insert expected pun about membership privileges here.) The exhibit featured 25 buildings from around the world that are either built, in the planning or construction phase, or remain conceptual. There were large-scale models along with some drawings and photos. All the buildings were designed within the last decade and "redefine the genre for the twenty-first century."

I thought it was a very interesting exhibit. All of the buildings were wild, crazy designs that seem to stretch the laws of physics. Several of the designs for the site of the World Trade Center were on exhibition (the "Dream Team" plan from Meier, Eisenman, Gwathmey Siegel, and Holl, United Architect's design, and the plan from Sir Norman Foster) as well as the winning NY Times Building design by Renzo Piano as well as Frank Gehry's losing design.

Other buildings were from around the world, including the Jing Mao Tower in Shanghai, 30 St. Mary Axe in London (pictured bottom right), Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweeden, and the CCTV Tower in Beijing. The architects for the buildings on exhibition was almost who's who of architects.

There's nothing quite like seeing scale models that are so intricate and detailed up close. It's almost like playing Sim City or something. While I enjoyed the exhibit, I think an architect or a building buff might enjoy it even more. That said, there might not be enough details or sketches to please that crowd.

More information:
- Tall Buildings at MoMA
- Tall Buildings Flash Exhibit
- Gothamist Arts+Events on Tall Buildings
- NY Times: "Skyscraping Around the Urban World"

Posted by tien mao in Culture at 7:23 AM



Thanks for inviting me to this exhibit. I really enjoyed it, but I think you're right about there not being enough drawings or schematics. There were computers that tied the buildings together, but there should have been something more to bring the ideas Terence Riley and the MoMA staff were trying to raise together, in a more holistic fashion.

Posted by: Jen at July 18, 2004 7:22 PM

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