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Archicritics

Cornell unveiled its Roosevelt Island campus plan this morning, and already the archicritics are weighing in. Justin Davidson's verdict: eh. "For all its innovative aspirations, there's something inert and forbidding about it. Mayne talks about the building as if he were not so much constructing it as carving out of a block of granite-hard givens?.What Mayne expresses with his big, complicated-looking learning contraption is an attitude of mechanistic awe, not the wild optimism of a field with no visible frontier. Those Baroque curves and slits, those jutting overhangs and twisting walls hint at the intricacy of the problems being solved inside—which is another way of saying that Mayne makes everything look really hard." [NYM; previously]