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Killing Modernism with Fuzzy Math, Bad Information and False Choices

Killing Modernism with Fuzzy Math, Bad Information and False Choices

Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 19:42:14 in Arts

“Peavey Plaza is not a modernist landmark. It was built at the height of the 1970's recession using the Soviet-inspired designs and substandard concrete aggregate. This is the same inspiration as the widely criticized 52-storey pink concrete Multifoods Tower, a vapid K-Mart that blocks a main thoroughfare in Minneapolis, and the University of Minnesota's Health Sciences tower - affectionately referred to on campus as "the death star". These are all prime examples of the Brutalist school of architecture and a 1960's "urban renewal" mindset which destroyed true Minneapolis landmarks, such as the Richardson-Romanesque Metropolitan building and the great Guilded Age mansions that once stood where a freeway trench now runs. Peavey Plaza was a Stalanist abomination when it was built and it remains so to this day. Any effort to rebuild it in higher quality materials that make it lighter, greener, more open, and more handicapped accessible is long overdue.”