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Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures The Architecture and Development of New York City with Andrew S. Dolkart
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The Gallery of Modern Art
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These new modern ideas, ideas that use European modern ideas or American-grown modern ideas, as in Wright's building, begin to be challenged in the late 1950s and in the 1960s by a return to an interest in traditional architecture, a way several architects begin to think about how can you design a modern building with a traditional vocabulary.

And that's quite evident at a very controversial building, the Gallery of Modern Art, on Columbus Circle, that was designed in 1959 by Edward Durell Stone, an architect who had been a modernist, one of the architects of the original building of the Museum of Modern Art, was now returning to an interest in more traditional forms, and he uses a traditional Italian Carrera marble and a series of Renaissance arcades on this building for a museum that was to house traditional modern art.

And although many people hated this building when it was built and many people have continued to criticize the design of this building, it's a very important building for what it says about the debate that was going on in architecture, whether the strictures of unornamented modernism were appropriate or whether what was appropriate was an adaptation of traditional design for modern buildings.


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