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Perot Museum Bashed as “Bullhorn Urbanism” by LA Times Hawthorne

perot museumLos Angeles Times’ architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne comes down hard on the showy new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas in today’s paper, calling it one of the “pricey, preening old breed” of trophy buildings, and adding that the $185-million project, designed by Thom Mayne and Morphosis, is a “thoroughly cynical piece of work, a building that uses a frenzy of architectural forms to endorse the idea that architecture, in the end, is mere decoration.” Ouch.

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1 Response

  1. Rainey Knudson

    Goodness. What on earth will Mr. Hawthorne have to say about the Kimbell’s Piano building, or the MFAH’s long-planned contemporary expansion, when it ever comes?

    That said, I appreciate him pointing out that architects are not sculptors.

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