CITY IN A CITY

CITY IN A CITY: A DECADE OF URBAN THINKING

STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS, MAK CENTER FOR ART & ARCHITECTURE

Los Angeles, CA 2014


“Ideas inform projects, and projects inform ideas, which is a staple of architecture (or art or anything at all) as well as of this show in particular…Much more interesting is the unusual hierarchy it builds by placing great importance on architecture’s ‘poetry’ (Holl’s expressionistic watercolors on prominent display) as compared to architecture’s concrete facts (Holl’s project descriptions, while available to all, are positioned outside the limelight)…

In one room, a film montage of some of Holl’s finished projects in China demonstrates how these paintings pan out in real life. Appropriately, the film features no interviews or, for that matter, words. Like the watercolors, the film reinforces the presence, atmospheres, shades and movements of buildings, rather than any chiseled, articulated concept.”