Form Follows Fancy in New Architecture

April 23, 2009
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Courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects photo © Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

What is causing the transition from the Modernist mantra of "Form Follows Function" to the fanciful forms of architecture today? Is it post-post modernism, a consumerist economy, new technology or lofty expressions of the human spirit? Since architecture represents the spirit of its times, the answer to this question also relates to the dynamic changes in the global context underway today, as well as the "Bilbao Effect." Two of today’s best-known international architects, César Pelli and Paul Tange, bring their insights from opposite points around the world.

Pelli has designed some of the world’s most famous buildings and major urban landmarks, including the World Financial Center complex in downtown Manhattan, Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, IFC Tower in Hong Kong, MGM Aria Hotel in Las Vegas and the National Museum of Art in Osaka. A former Dean of Yale University’s School of Architecture, he is also the recipient of an AIA gold medal and is listed by the AIA as one of the 10 most influential living American architects.

Paul Tange is one of Japan’s foremost architects and heir to the legacy of legendary architect Kenzo Tange. His fanciful forms dot the skyline from Tokyo to Dubai and Shanghai. The discussion is moderated by Geeta Mehta, architect, author and professor at Columbia University as well as Temple University in Japan.

Followed by a reception.


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  • Thursday, April 23, 2009
  • 6:30 pm