Skip to comments.Lebbeus Woods, Experimental Architect, Dies
Posted on 10/30/2012 9:09:43 PM PDT by EveningStar
Lebbeus Woods, the American architect, artist, and theorist, has died today at the age of 72.
Woods may be best known for his radical re-imaginings and re-constructions of cities in crisis. While most of Woods politically-charged, fantastical sketches were too fantastical to be built, many have been displayed in Art Museums across the globe ...
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Interesting-—He sued the producers of “12 Monkeys” and won-—they stole one of his concepts for a tower.
Architecture and war are not incompatible. Architecture is war. War is architecture. I am at war with my time, with history, with all authority that resides in fixed and frightened forms. I am one of millions who do not fit in, who have no home, no family, no doctrine, no firm place to call my own, no known beginning or end, no "sacred and primordial site." I declare war on all icons and finalities, on all histories that would chain me with my own falseness, my own pitiful fears. I know only moments, and lifetimes that are as moments, and forms that appear with infinite strength, then "melt into air." I am an architect, a constructor of worlds, a sensualist who worships the flesh, the melody, a silhouette against the darkening sky. I cannot know your name. Nor you can know mine. Tomorrow, we begin together the construction of a city
He also did the new addition to the Guggenheim, commenting “It really wasn’t all that hard”.
Lifted from another site:
“Lebbeus Woods is a theoretical architect. He has never had a built work. Many of his spaces are uninhabitable.”
It sounds like Woods is an architect in the same way I’m a professional baseball player - in our imaginations. And from his sketches, I can’t say I think much of his imagination. He draws stuff that reminds me of a fugitive from the Frank Gehry school of expensive junk: constructions that more resemble derelict structures rather than actual buildings.