Times like this, I wish I would’ve moved to New York… Last night in Manhattan, there was an “architecture duel” between the bruiers at Diller + Scofidio + Renfro and those widow-makers, Smith-Miller+Hawkinson. The two firms were given a program and the same building materials and asked to build a model while dj’s blast dance music and screaming fans get drunk and cheear them on.
- Two teams. Two star architects. One looked like the lead singer of a early 90s MTV band. The other looked like the keyboardist of the same band. Two assistants. One looked like the backup singer of a early 90s MTV band. The other looked the cello player of the same band. They had to design a skyscraper on the moon and build a model of it. The resulting designs were:
1) the land rover from Star Wars with a tube on the top.
2) I think it was a footstool with a model rocket on the top.
I don’t know who won. I’d go again. My feet hurt.
Curbed also links to some photobloggers who documented the event. Definitely check it out! A pox upon all my friends who didn’t go to this because it was too cold! Is it just me, or is this completely amazing? There is no reason that architecture can’t enter the realm of performance art / celebration, and I hope this is the first of many such events, and that it inspires similar happenings around the world.