- May 25, 2006
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Some of the varied forms of High-Tech Expressionism are an outgrowth of Brutalist gestures and form-making. Paul Rudolph's work in Southeast Asia (both executed and unbuilt) skirts the line between both approaches. His gifted students, Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, have driven these ideas forward for the past few decades. Kevin Roche, John Portman, and even Rem Koolhaas have played in this shared space. When done thoughtfully, these can be interesting buildings that offer a rich spacial experience to residents and visitors. The Frankfurt project is Coop Himmelb(l)au at their most understated. It reminds me a bit of Koolhaas's Seattle Central Library, a nominally Brutalist building ensnared in a diagrid and frosted in glass.