Wednesday, November 14, 2012

TOM'S ARCHITECTURE BLOG: Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

Here's the latest entry in Tom's Architecture blog. This time it features: Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

I have never been a fan of Frank Ghery’s work.  Once again, he has elicited my total shock and abject horror by successfully managing to win yet another commission of a monumental project:  designer/architect of the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.  

As with his proposed design for the addition to the Corcoran Museum (not constructed), his concept for the memorial is grossly out of scale, demonstrates the inability to make proper material selections, exhibits a tremendous waste of resources, is unsympathetic to the environment (The proposed site is on Independence Avenue, directly across from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum), lacks contexturalism, and is not a welcomed addition to the urban fabric.  

The images below have been taken from the internet.  Note how small the scaled figures (which represent people in the model) are in comparison to the huge piers.  Although the Department of Transportation Building by Edward Durell Stone is no prize, it does not warrant screening in this manner.   

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Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
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Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next