When Modernism Goes Bad

Milwaukee's 1965 Amtrak Station is a shrine to bad design, but it still has its charms, which stand to be wiped out by the plan to fix it.
October 19, 2005, 12pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"The building presents an object lesson of how to use the basic vocabulary of modernism in a cut-and-paste fashion that completely undermines its values...where the 1965 Amtrak station goes wrong is by violating what is perhaps the most fundamental principle of modernism: a clear and consistent relationship between form and plan. The station is 'bait-and-switch' architecture."

Thanks to Lynn Becker

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Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 in Repeat
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