Thursday, October 13, 2011

ARCH_ARQ: Kevin Roche Retrospective Opens in New York

Ford Foundation Headquarters, New York

He is frequently overshadowed by his former employer, Modernist giant Eero Saarinen, but at the Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan, a new exhibition attempts to make a case that Kevin Roche is, in the words of chief curator Sarah Henry, “the quintessential architect of the post-industrial age.” With several dozen giant photographs, suspended from cables in a ground-floor gallery, and six architectural models, Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment shows the Pritzker-winning architect wrestling with America’s transition from a manufacturing to an information-based economy and culture in the late 20th century.
Born in 1922, Roche emigrated in 1948 from Ireland to the United States, where he took a lead role in Saarinen’s office. After Saarinen’s sudden death in 1961, Roche and his colleague John Dinkeloo (1918-1981) completed the firm’s remaining projects before founding their own practice, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, in 1966.


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