Sunday, April 27, 2008
PS: Urbanism & An Architecture of Place
ON MY WAY TO BEDFORD, I drove by the the new Yankee Stadium. It's next to the old stadium (ruined by blind engineers in the early 1970s), and unlike CitiField, is urban. Down the hill from the Grand Concourse, next to the subway, the new stadium usually comes right up to the street.
But the "traditional" architecture is poorly done. HOK's designers (HOK designs virtually all the new ballparks) should take some courses at the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. With a little training, their buildings would be a lot better.
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I'd be interested to hear more about what's wrong with the new Yankee Stadium.
Posted by: Gizler at May 5, 2008 4:04:26 PM
If you saw an aerial photo of the new Yankee Stadium once it's done, you'll think it's fairly traditional. But when you get close to the stadium, the details are so crude they turn you off.
I presume they're supposed to be abstracted and therefore more contemporary. But they're crude and ugly. Before you modify a molding you should understand it. That's why they would do well do regularly send their employees to the ICA&CA.
Posted by: john massengale at May 7, 2008 6:55:50 PM
Looking at this photo: http://www.nlbpa.com/Yankee_Stadium1.jpg
it looks like it was fairly minimalist the first time around too.
Posted by: Gizler at May 9, 2008 11:19:50 AM
The first stadium was designed by Osborn Engineering, and it did not have a lot of architectural detail. But those old engineers (who probably had a few architects on staff) had a better understanding of moldings than HOK shows in the new stadium.
As I said before, "Before you modify a molding you should understand it. That's why they would do well do regularly send their employees to the ICA&CA."
Posted by: john massengale at May 9, 2008 12:17:23 PM