One of the questions posed within the exhibition is how we, with the distance of time, view Mies’s modern glass tower and Stirling’s ‘post-International Style’ within the trajectory of architectural styles and architectural history. Some believe Mies’s scheme would have created a modern masterpiece even if it had been built decades after the heyday of the modern era. Others believe that the postmodern Stirling Wilford & Associates’ scheme, although contextual to the site, ended up suffering the same suggested fate as Mies’s proposal – that of being outdated before its own completion.
In this courtroom style event, we provide a younger generation of architecture historians, critics, planners and architects the opportunity to reflect on the two schemes and express their rightful place in history – as built or unbuilt.
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