From: Stephen Lauf
Subject: Re: the New ICA
Date: 2004.01.24 09:47

My thesis project (Temple University Architecture Program 1981) was a new building for the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art. It took up most of the block on the south side of Rittenhouse Square (Street) between 17th and 18th Streets, just behind the Philadelphia Art Alliance (where Anne Tyng once lectured to an audience of five people (including me) circa 1980). The ICA building's design comprised a collage of various building types, inspired by Kahn's Convent for the Dominican Sisters and Stirling's Science Center in Berlin, in the flavor of a virtual museum of architecture you could say. In 1993-4, I owned and operated VENUE, a contemporary Philadelphia art gallery just around the corner at 1732 Spruce Street.
Stephen Lauf

[Otto, the great virtual King of Bavaria, is the eleventh main character of "My Rita Novel Idea". All the other main characters are Otto's best friends, and they all visit Otto with adequate regularity. Otto now-a-days lives in a museum he's gradually manifesting for himself, and is quite busy this year organizing the next Horace Trumbauer Architecture Fan Club Convention, which will (probably) be held just outside Philadelphia.]



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