Norman Foster vs. Snøhetta — a battle over Postmodernism

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/e0/e06cjdtn4nlgwdde.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />A week to the day in which Norwegian design firm <a href="https://archinect.com/snohetta" rel="nofollow" >Sn&oslash;hetta</a> released their ambitious designs to modernize Phillip Johnson's Postmodern icon &mdash; the AT&amp;T building in New York &mdash; <a href="https://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" >Norman Foster</a> has come out and added his name and gravity in support of the <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150036126/the-architectural-community-responds-to-sn-hetta-s-proposed-update-to-johnson-s-at-t-building" rel="nofollow" >building protests</a> against the proposed modifications.&nbsp;<br>
In a short, precise and two-edged statement posted on Instagram no less, Norman Foster defends the project, not for its importance to him, or his interests per se but to Architecture's heritage at large — one that would be potentially soiled with Snøhetta's revamp

Norman Foster Instagram
‘I was never sympathetic to the short-lived Postmodern movement – and this building in particular. However, it is an important part of our heritage and should be respected as such.'
While no one would declare the building a masterpiece through and through, it has always stood as more than a it has come signify so much more. Johnson's design radically shifted our view of Architecture; it turn...

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