Category: Architecture

Month in review, February 2015: Part 2, From Yes to No to Maybe

24 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] Though committees, as we saw yesterday, have grave difficulty approving and acting upon anything, the same groups can swiftly reach a consensus to oppose anything, or even better, endorsing its regulatory variation, Pay me not to oppose you, as Everett casino developer no doubt expected, as […]

Month in review, February 2015: Part 1, Global to personal

23 March, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Golf, Greece, Grexit, Month in review, Paul Rudolph, Rent control, San Francisco, Sovereign bankruptcy, Speculation, Theory |

By: David A. Smith Among housing’s many fascinations for me is that it connects the most global issues (like money and currency) with the most local ones (such as where to buy a condo or co-op), and in February these two were linked more than usual.  Global forces can land anywhere In February, the ornery […]

Form forces function: Part 8, Who will bet real money on its future?

26 February, 2015 (09:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Goshen, Government, Maintenance, Orange County (NY), Paul Rudolph, Rehab, Renovation, US News, Utilities | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By: David A. Smith After seven previous parts readers may no doubt wonder not only why architectural fans are so eager to see the Paul-Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center preserved by any means necessary, […]

Form forces function: Part 7, Who can be a hero?

25 February, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Goshen, Government, Maintenance, Orange County (NY), Paul Rudolph, Rehab, Renovation, US News, Utilities |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith With all the practical negatives facing Orange County Government Center, a reader might be forgiven for concluding that no one would want to preserve or renovate; yet there are some who want […]

Form forces function: Part 6, Who chose the concrete, anyway?

24 February, 2015 (10:00) | Architecture, Brutalism, Goshen, Government, Maintenance, Orange County (NY), Paul Rudolph, Rehab, Renovation, US News, Utilities |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith By now we’ve determined that the Paul-Rudolph county office complex in Goshen, NY will not work as a public building; nor will it work as offices of any kind (lack of electricity, inability to […]