Gunnar Birkerts, a Latvian-born architect who extended the vocabulary of Modernism using unexpected angular forms, folding planes and ingenious, light-suffused interiors, died on Tuesday at his home in Needham, Mass. He was 92.
Duluthian-at-heart Scott Newstok sends this link to the New York Times: Gunnar Birkerts, Architect, Dies at 92; Gave Shape to the Unexpected
My take: In addition to the Duluth Public Library, the article mentions his design of the Federal Reserve building in Minneapolis, an amazing failure of a building constructed from suspension cables.
I think the plan to relocate the Duluth Public Library is on hold. It’s not, like the Fed in Minneapolis, an amazing failure — it’s a fascinating landmark, to me, that maybe only suffers for being mis-placed. (I wish it didn’t obscure the Depot.)
Anyway. News. –-David
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