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Exhibition Detail
Contemporary Architectural Drawings
1083 Fifth Avenue
New York City, NY 10128


February 7th, 2008 - April 20th, 2008
Opening: 
January 22nd, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Cesar Pelli , Cesar Pelli ,
Energy Diagram of Transbay, Transit Center, San Francisco, CA, computer generated rendering
© Curtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
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Contemporary Architectural Drawings presents a counterpoint exhibition to the meticulously detailed renderings of Richard Morris Hunt and highlights the work of ten preeminent contemporary architects: Bruce Fowle, Richard Gluckman, Hugh Hardy, Richard Meier, Cesar Pelli, James Stewart Polshek, Kevin Roche, Laurinda Hope Spear, Bartholomew Voorsanger, and Samuel G. White.

In consort with the Hunt exhibition, Contemporary Architectural Drawings exposes the architect’s current creative methods which incorporates computer rendering, photography, and even film and video, expanding the conventional definition of architectural drawing. This exhibition is comprised of designs for museums, commercial offices, residential buildings, and recreational spaces. Included are completed projects such as the seminal Getty Center, Los Angeles, designed by Richard Meier and the Executive Building, Cuidad Grupo Santander, Madrid, Spain, designed by Kevin Roche. Contemporary Architectural Drawings offers anticipated forthcoming projects such as Richard Gluckman’s Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio, San Francisco and Cesar Pelli’s Transbay Tower, Transit Center, and Park, San Francisco. The “visionary project” has long been a part of the architect’s process and is represented by Laurinda Hope Spear’s Hudson Square Park, New York, an aerial view for an eco-friendly area on the Hudson River in lower Manhattan. The projects featured in this exhibition illustrate that current architectural practices have forced us to rethink exactly what constitutes contemporary architectural drawing.

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