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Glory days

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Astragal

Johnson is nothing if not frank about the real desires of this great profession. 'Architects want to do something different, you know, for their own glory,' he modestly informs the Miami Herald, in an article on the battle between architects and design coders currently taking place in Florida. The authorities are attempting to force a 'Mediterranean' style on to every new building, leading to rows with Johnson, Bernard Tschumi, and Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica, all of whom are trying to do something rather different. In Johnson's case he has succeeded: a strange hybrid is emerging in Boca Raton, with a spherical lump taken out of its side. Tschumi has wriggled his way round the rules: his architecture school for Florida International University has no arches or stucco walls, but he has designed red and yellow blocks - and a courtyard! Meanwhile Fort-Brescia has produced a tv studio complex true to the rules. The belltower houses microwave antennae. Sounds very Vertigo.

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