Center

, No.7, 1992

“Style Wars in the Final Decade”

Written by Larry Speck

When I was in college I had a friend who had a singing voice that was as beautiful as any live vocalist I have heard before or since. She had a gift. Her tone was clear and even like a bell’s. Her range was extraordinary—from piercing high trills through rich mezzo tones to a deep […]

, No.5, 1989

“The Individual and the City”

Written by Larry Speck

In the introduction to her landmark book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, published in 1961, Jane Jacobs states flatly, “This book is an attack on current city planning and rebuilding.”[1] “My attack is not based on quibbles about rebuilding methods or hairsplitting about fashions in design. It is an attack, rather, on […]

, 1998

“Buildings and Reality: Architecture in the Age of Information”

Written by Larry Speck

On October 23-24, 1986, the fourth annual symposium of the Center for the Study of American Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin was held. The subject: “Buildings and Reality: Architecture in the Age of Information.’, Several of the papers in this issue of CENTER (those by Horace Newcomb, Peter Eisenman, Karsten Harries, […]

, 1988

“American Academy of Arts and Sciences”

Written by Larry Speck

When Kallmann and McKinnell – consummate Modernists known at the time for their brutalist Boston City Hall of 1968 – produced the gentle, arcadian American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1980, it caused quite a stir among avid style-labelers in the Modernism/Postmodernism debate. Although noted critic Ada Louise Huxtable termed it “an architectural event […]

, No.3 1987

“Regionalism and Invention”

Written by Larry Speck

I have long been struck by a very earthy quotation from the Roman writer Persius, who proclaimed the stomach the “teacher of the arts and the dispenser of invention.”[i] The quotation acknowledges a source of art and invention outside the head, that is, outside the realm of abstract intellectual constructs. I like the notion of […]

, No. 2 1986

“Fair Park, Dallas”

Written by Larry Speck

As time approached for Texas to celebrate the centennial of its independence, Dallas proposed to use the expanded site of the 48-year-old Texas State Fair as grounds for the new exposition, but with a completely new set of buildings. Dallasite George Dahl was selected Executive Architect for the ambitious project, with design assistance from the […]

, 1986

“Timeliness and Timelessness”

Written by Larry Speck

I have long been taken by a statement Aldo van Eyck made way back in the late fifties and recorded in Team 10 Primer. He is, a bit before his time, looking back on Modernism and searching for perspective in which to place its innovations, as well as for direction for subsequent developments. After admiring […]