PHYLLIS ODESSEY

craig put his finger in the dykers

how can we think we can control nature, when we can’t even control human nature.

architecture is a verb rather than a noun

architecture is nuance

architecture is contrary

architecture is fallible.

architecture is doubt

yes is less

when does a wall become a roof

always make big things smaller

Wild Reindeer Centre Pavillon Snohetta

Wild Reindeer Centre Pavillon
Snohetta

it’s always a good idea to start with your second thought

what came first the chicken or the egg.  the egg.  it’s less complicated.

These are some of the “phrases” that slid by on the screen before Craig Dykers, Founding partner of Norwegian architectural firm Snohetta, spoke last night at Scandinavia House.
Dykers is an architect, who doesn’t speak like an architect.  You can actually understand what the guy is saying.

James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, North Carolina State University Campus in Raleigh.  Robotic retrieval of books can viewed by library users.

James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, North Carolina State University Campus in Raleigh. Robotic retrieval of books can viewed by library users.

The amazing library in Alexandria, was only the beginning of a slew of Snohetta designed  libraries.  For those of a certain age, a library was a place to do work… even use a card catalog and be quiet.  Libraries have changed.  Libraries are as much about books as they are about networking, connecting and being entertained.  The library at North Carolina State University not only has a robotic retrieval system that can viewed by library users, if a book has not been checked out in months, a sentence appears on a screen, “You’ve just checked out ……. title.  Congratulations!

National September 11 Memorial Museum. Snohetta

National September 11 Memorial Museum.
Snohetta

“If we bring a  smile  to one person at the to World Trade Center Museum, we’ve done our job.”  Dykers showed a number of photographs of the museum, which were typically unarchitectural… from sources like Instragram, Twitter and Facebook.  In most of these photos, people are pressing their noses against the exterior glass to see inside the museum.  They are taking selfies.  They are talking to friends.  For Dykers this looking through a window, is a moment to pause; to think about the past, to create memory of what happened to YOU there.  To think about not only about the past, but your future.  I want  to visit the World Trade Center Memorial and see if I feel this way.

 

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