Rock-star Architects thrown down in Tribeca!

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.

Curbed Reports:

    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.

3 Replies to “Rock-star Architects thrown down in Tribeca!”

  1. when i heard of this it totally reminded me of you. I met the blonde girl “MC” right after moving to austin(she was leaving for NYC), weird…

  2. #1: it really was cold out that night. 12 degrees farenheight to be exact. -2 with the windchill factor.
    #2: I was checking out the pictures, and one of the archiecture guys looked just like you. Im not sure which one, but this is how they were described:

    “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.”

    and #3: that photoblogger person has a cool website with awesome pictures. I wish I could photographiphy things like that chicken: http://www.youngna.com/

  3. who looks like me? the guy with the red glasses? I guess we have the same hair. so does that make me the keyboardist? that’s my only guess. the other guy has a beard….and i’m still kind of, um…working on that.

    ps: i’m getting bored here in the dirty south and i want to move to new york. but that’s not happening anytime soon. maybe a visit is in order.

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