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On Sarasota High School

“The second Sarasota High School was a move from clear form, from clear structure, from lineal structural elements defining space, to the organization of planes in space. It depends much more on the space and the handling of light, which really meant planes rather than linear elements, which in turn commenced my investigations into scale… I’m affected by everything I see. I make no bones about it. I haven’t invented anything in my life. For instance, the entrance to the Sarasota High School can be traced directly to Corbusier’s High Court Building in Chandigarh.”

On SMTI / UMass Dartmouth

“The central organization of this campus is purposely a moving, or dynamic, one. That’s the very nature of what is needed, as I see it. When one gets beyond the spiraling mall, with its defining buildings, walks, terraces, plantings, etc., then other architects will take over, and indeed they already have. In that sense, I’ve thought of it as similar to Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia, wherein he made a fixed, well-defined, marvelous central core for the campus. But, beyond the core, other architects took over, building very inferior structures.

The Cart Before the Horse

“Everybody, in my view, puts the cart before the horse. It is identifying the problem first which is the job of the architect, and then how well he solves those problems. People talk infernally about style, which I regard as total nonsense, to be quiet frank about it. Society, in general, establishes what the problem is, not the architect. Then it’s up to the architect to solve that. The great problem in the United States is that we still haven’t learned how to build cities, or make peace with urbanism on any level.

"Modernism At Risk" An Exhibition at The Center For Architecture, NY


The threatened Chorley School and the demolished Riverview High School by Paul Rudolph are centerpieces of "Modernism At Risk," an exhibition at The Center For Architecture in New York City. The exhibition runs through May 1, 2010.

"Cars, Culture and the City" exhibition to include the Work of Paul Rudolph


"Even though New York, like many major cities, has a low per capita ownership of automobiles, it has surprisingly played an essential role in creating today's car culture, and the car has helped, in turn, to shape modern New York. 'Cars, Culture, and the City' is the first exhibition to explore New York City’s century-long relationship with the car...The exhibition will feature visionary drawings[Lower Manhattan Expressway by Paul Rudolph] and models; historic photographs, films, and advertisements; and a wealth of car memorabilia to tell this fascinating, yet untold, story."

Paul Rudolph and Koalas


Interesting take on the Bond - Lippo Centre Towers by Paul Rudolph in Hong Kong.

"This pair of twin office buildings was designed to relieve the severity of skyscraper walls by using clusters of obtruding windows. The structures are said to look like koalas climbing a tree and therefore know as ‘the Koala Tree’ among the locals."

New Videos Highlight the work of Paul Rudolph


Two new video programs highlight the work of Paul Rudolph. Both depict the unsuccessful efforts to save buildings from demolition. The first one is a slide presentation produced by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and Stephen Lasar Architects entitled "Modern Masterpiece Demolished in Westport" detailing the demise of the Micheels Residence.

On the Burroughs Wellcome Building

“This complex climbs up and down a beautiful ridge in the green hills of North Carolina and is architecturally an extension of its site. An “A frame” allows the greatest volume to be housed on the lower floors and yet connected to the smaller mechanical system at the apex of the building. The diagonal movement of interior space opens up magnificent opportunities. Anticipation of growth and change is implicit in the concept.”
Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. p. 233.

Reading Rudolph


Check out this recent article by Ian Baldwin on Paul Rudolph in the online journal "Places: Design Observer."

Keeping a Clear Head

"I realize that infatuation is the most dangerous thing in the world. That sometimes you fixate on something and you can’t get it out of your system until you realize how bad it really is. It’s true with me anyway. I think it’s true with most architects, as a matter of fact. And, that your judgment sometimes leaves you. One has to keep a really clear head if one is going to be an architect. You can only be carried away by that which really works. Not only physically, technically, and functionally and so forth, but as a work of art. That is really difficult; you have to keep a clear head.


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