Architects Hot for Patterns
Ann Lui at ArchNewsNow has a review of The Architecture of Patterns by Paul Andersen and David Salomon:
"Lately, it's not hard to see patterns in architecture. Not trends or styles – though there's also certainly that too – but literal patterns. Gone are the stark, bare walls of Modernism. Unadorned concrete has been replaced everywhere by skins: colorful, plain, metallic, folded or perforated. From the tiny pinholes on Herzog & de Meuron's De Young Museum façade; to hundreds of small circular reflectors on the new Santa Monica Bloomingdale's, formal repetition, it seems, is the newest Big Thing."