Sunday, March 3, 2019

Requiem for an Architect

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:21 AM

A story from the NY Times  Sunday morning print edition —

"A version of this article appears in print on ,
on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: 

Kevin Roche, 96, Is Dead; Famed Modernist Architect."

" When Mr. Roche received the Pritzker in 1982, he delivered
an acceptance speech that displayed both his capacity for
self-deprecating humor and his belief that architecture was
a noble pursuit. He quoted from a letter he had received
complaining that his work was 'moribund' and that the Pritzker
jury 'must be out of their minds' to have given him the prize.

He could only respond, he said, by asking: 'Is not the act of building
an act of faith in the future, and of hope? Hope that the testimony of
our civilization will be passed on to others, hope that what we are doing
is not only sane and useful and beautiful, but a clear and true reflection
of our own aspirations. And hope that it is an art, which will communicate
with the future and touch those generations as we ourselves have been
touched and moved by the past.' "

— Paul Goldberger

Goldberger on Roche's earlier career —

". . . He continued to finish projects Saarinen had started, including
the IBM Pavilion at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, designed
in collaboration with Charles Eames . . . ."

Illustration —

The IBM Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair

See also the film "Tomorrowland."

"Bad news on the doorstep…." — American Pie

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