For the third successive year, Architectural
Record sent out feelers to locate emerging talents whose
work might illuminate the coming state of the art. Practicing
at a time when there is no clear philosophical imperative,
this group of young architects seems to operate in a field
of ideological uncertainty, unrestricted, for example, by
the logic of industrial production or any philosophical persuasion
or professional methodology.
None of the architects, whether
in Pasadena, Jordan, or Providence, is making a revolutionary
statement, but speaking variants of a known idiom. Prominent
figures like Gehry claim so much territory that the better
part of originality is to steer clear of their aesthetic patents
even if it means staying within the confines of a known Modernist
sensibility. Invention within Modernist convention is better
than a derivative signature.
See the December, 2002 issue of Architectural
Record for complete coverage of these firms, including
the full version of the essay excerpted above.