At Slate, Witold Rybczynski has a nice slideshow In Praise of the Anti-Icon:
Painter Paul Klee once wrote that while painters could make wheels square, architects had to make them round. Not any more. In the past, public and institutional buildings were expected to convey a sense of solidity and order; today they can just as easily suggest collapse and disharmony. In his forthcoming book, Architecture of the Absurd, John Silber takes aim at architects such as Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, and Daniel Libeskind, who, in a desire to create iconic architecture, frequently make their wheels square.
No article that has this gem from Robert Venturi (with whom I interned in Philadelphia a long time ago) could be uninteresting:
“It is all right to decorate construction but never construct decoration.”
This is exactly why I never take on a design project if I’m not in charge of the architecture as well. Because, in the end, design doesn’t add value, it creates it. Architecture is what frames the problem space for design.
Sometimes I’m ambivalent about what frames Frank Gehry‘s architecture.