Letters to the Editor> Readers respond to AN’s Municipal Art Society editorial

East, Letter to the Editor
Monday, January 25, 2016
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masnyc

(Courtesy MAS)

Editor’s Note: In The Architect’s Newspaper’s December issue, editor-in-chief William Menking published the editorial, “What Happened to the Municipal Art Society?” In it, he questioned MAS’s commitment to architecture and New York City, saying: “What was once one of the fiercest and most devoted New York City organizations that would litigate when it thought the best interests of the city were threatened, has now become a de-fanged developer and real estate–led organization that serves as a cheerleader for major development projects…” Many of you responded and we are sharing a few letters below.

Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com.

Read the responses after the jump.

Letter to the Editor> Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

(Ian Freimuth / Flickr)

(Ian Freimuth / Flickr)

[Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Ready for some tough love, some bitter medicine? Looking back, we architects got our profession into some bad places with some serious mistakes. We were often so eager for fame and celebrity that we sometimes behaved irresponsibly. We did not use design in its best sense; we gave away our treasure. We were not always reliable regarding time and money. We handed over the leadership role in building to others who lacked the necessary skills and training, and who held no responsibility or liability. Left with less authority and control, architects instilled fear and distrust in our clients. We aided and abetted clients with unrealistic and unworthy ambitions. Specifically, when clients proposed projects where the scope, budget, and schedule didn’t fit together, we were so eager for the assignments that we did not blow the whistle, but jumped in feet first.

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Letter to the Editor> A-OKC: Oklahoma City should reconsider demolishing its Modernist heritage

Downtown Oklahoma City in the 1970s. (Courtesy National Archives)

Downtown Oklahoma City in the 1970s. (Courtesy National Archives)

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Thank you for your piece on Oklahoma City—much needed attention to what is happening there. Having grown up in Edmond, just north, I have watched good buildings disappear over time.

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Letter to the Editor> Terreform ONE responds to Anti-Anti-Guggenheim gossip

East, Letter to the Editor
Friday, November 20, 2015
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Mitchell Joachim, left, and Michael Sorkin, right. (Courtesy TED; Verso Books)

Mitchell Joachim, left, and Michael Sorkin, right. (Courtesy TED; Verso Books)

[Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a recent entry in The Architect’s Newspaper‘s gossip column, Eavesdrop. In the response, Michael Sorkin is referred to as an editor at AN. Sorkin is not an editor, but does sit on AN‘s East Coast editorial advisory board. Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Our Guggenheim anti-counter competition posted on the Terreform ONE blog is a sarcastic commentary. It is not an actual architecture competition and this is readily apparent to almost anyone reading it. We produced the post in response to the enormous confusion created by Michael Sorkin‘s self initiated counter competition and anti-Guggenheim defamation campaign.

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Letter to the Editor> Francois Roche responds to Patrik Schumacher’s reproach of the Chicago Architecture Biennial

(Courtesy City of Chicago)

(Courtesy City of Chicago)

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The Architect’s Newspaper recently published an excerpt from Patrik Schumacher’s now-infamous Facebook post which he also sent to AN. In response, Thailand-based architect Francois Roche sent us the following letter from his Facebook page; an edited version was also posted on Dezeen.

Read Roche’s unedited comments after the jump.

Letter> State of what art? Patrik Schumacher rails against the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Amanda Williams’ Color(ed) Theory. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

Amanda Williams’ Color(ed) Theory. (Courtesy Chicago Architecture Biennial)

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The State of the Art of Architecture, delivered by the Chicago Architecture Biennial Exhibition, must leave lay-visitors bewildered by one overwhelming subliminal message: Contemporary architecture has ceased to exist, the discipline’s guilt and bad conscience has sapped its vitality, driven it to self-annihilation, and architects have now en masse dedicated themselves to doing good via basic social work.

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Letter to the Editor> Meet the Street

The AIANY's Center for Architecture in Manhattan. (Courtesy Andrew Berman Architect)

The AIANY’s Center for Architecture in Manhattan. (Courtesy Andrew Berman Architect)

We saw your editorial on design organizations (“Design Organizations Need to Meet the Street”) and were thrilled to see the positive things you had to say about the Center for Architecture.

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Letter to the Editor> A Bright Future for the Frick

RUSSELL PAGE'S GARDEN AT THE FRICK COLLECTION. (WALLY GOBETZ / FLICKR)

RUSSELL PAGE’S GARDEN AT THE FRICK COLLECTION. (WALLY GOBETZ / FLICKR)

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I am delighted with the recent Crit’s praise for the beautifully renovated Cooper Hewitt (AN 01_01.14.2015), but I am puzzled by the inconsistency with regard to the Frick Collection’s expansion plans.

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Letter to the Editor> Ban Bang: A reader responds to Shigeru Ban’s Aspen Art Museum

(Michael Moran)

(Michael Moran)

[ Editor’s Note: The following reader-submitted letter was left on archpaper.com in response to our critique of Shigeru Ban’s Aspen Art Museum (AN 05_10.15.2014_SW). Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Deja vu all over again. Your article is a thoughtful critical review. I add a few observations.

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Letter to the Editor> Frick Director Responds to Expansion Critics

THE FRICK'S EXPANSION WOULD EXTEND THE SIX-STORY LIBRARY BUILDING THROUGH TO 70TH STREET AND FILL IN AN EXISTING GARDEN. (COURTESY DAVIS BRODY BOND)

THE FRICK’S EXPANSION WOULD EXTEND THE SIX-STORY LIBRARY BUILDING THROUGH TO 70TH STREET AND FILL IN AN EXISTING GARDEN. (COURTESY DAVIS BRODY BOND)

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Regarding the article “Frick Fracas,” (AN_14_12.4.2014), while there has been much debate about the Frick’s proposed addition to address its longstanding space needs, much of it rests on mischaracterizations about the history and original purpose of the site where it will be located.

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Letter to the Editor> Evidence of Attention

Letter to the Editor, Southwest
Monday, November 17, 2014
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(New Cities Foundation / Rachel Dare)

(New Cities Foundation / Rachel Dare)

[ Editor’s Note: The following reader comment was left on archpaper.com in response to the editorial “New Cities and Old” (AN 04_07.16.2014_SW). Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Whether it be formal arts districts or vibrant arts offerings spread across a metropolitan area, community support of the arts is key to quality of life for downtowns, suburbs, and connected rural communities.

Jill Diaz
Director of Development at Carolina Ballet

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Letter to the Editor> Quibble Manifesto

Dean's List, Letter to the Editor, West
Thursday, November 13, 2014
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Hernan Diaz-Alonzo (whatisarchitecture.cc)

Hernan Diaz-Alonzo (whatisarchitecture.cc)

[Editor’s Note: The following comment was left at blog.archpaper.com in response to “Eavesdrop> SCI-Arc Expected to Tap Diaz Alonso to Succeed Eric Owen Moss” (AN Blog 06.20.2014). Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

In both the immediate SCI-Arc community and Architecture as a whole, a condition has emerged where all those involved have become a shattered group of individuals, unable to join cohesively in order to communicate about the issues directly at hand. This threatens our position as a student body, as we are inherently responsible for the progression of the field of Architecture we stand to inherit. In a way, it is our duty to consolidate our many abilities so that we can actively take some action in the events that emerge before us. This letter is therefore a call to the student body to gather productively to discuss how we may engage ourselves as a constituency of Architecture.

SCIarc Students

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