Archives For Trump buildings

16001109780_dfc55bd504_bDue to the current political climate in the U.S, it might be as good a time as any to start getting accustomed to, and hopefully appreciate, fascist architecture. Let’s hope though, that our American version will have a little more pizzazz to it, a little bit more Hollywood glitz. For example, on top of the massive, white marble columns, it could say TRUMP in gold, sparkling letters. Instead of a godly and imposing concrete podium with a giant swastika underneath it, there could be gold thrones with the names of our emperor and his heirs and heiresses in neon. Let’s hope that, like the rest of American culture and sports, our fascist architecture will steal from past traditions, then just make it a lot more fun.

Stalinist Architecture

It’s hard to believe that Joseph Stalin could give birth to a school of architecture while exterminating 50 million of his own people, but he managed to make it happen. In fact, there was a new efficient system of urban design being considered in Kiev and throughout the whole country. Stalinist architecture was Beaux-Arts meets Bernie Sanders, a stark and simple realism for the everyman that still sought to let you know that Stalin was a god.

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Pictured: Red Army Theater

Thing to Steal: Because of its proletariat roots, there is a devotion to public space. That’s not so bad.

Hitler’s Architect: Albert Speer

Albert Speer was Hitler’s right-hand designer, and a major player in the Nazi Party, yet he claimed to not know the Holocaust was happening (Hello Ben Carson . . .). Many of his grand structures did not get built, but he did make Zeppelinfield Stadium, which, like everything else Hitler wanted was grand, menacing, and most importantly, white.

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Pictured: Zeppelinfield Stadium

Thing to Steal: Making a stadium look like a religious monument intimidates your opponent.

Giuseppe Terragni & Italian Fascist Architecture

Giuseppe Terragni was openly fascist, and his design mentality showed. His buildings are strict, rational and straight-forward, and not fun at all. For Terragni, architecture didn’t require creative expression. Instead, he sought logical perfection.

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Pictured: Casa del Fascio

Thing to Steal: It makes great use of the space, and we’ll need somewhere to go when all of our social services get stripped from us.

While the designs in fascist architecture vary depending on the dictator’s taste and the cultural values in that country at the time, what unites all of them is their purpose: to unify the people through their collective pride in their nation. In the U.S, with over 2 million more votes going to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote, the wretchedness that is the Taj Mahal casino, Trump’s rants against Hamilton & SNL on Twitter, it’s doubtful whether his bravado can amass the same architectural success historically.

But then again, I also never would’ve dreamed that he would make it this far.

By: David Plick

800px-taj_mahal_atlantic_city_new_jerseyThe following buildings could be bulldozed right now and humanity would only benefit: Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago, Trump Plaza New Jersey, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, Trump International Hotel and Tower New York, Trump Palace, Trump Place, Trump Plaza New Rochelle, Trump Tower New York, Trump World Tower, Trump Tower, not to mention all of his casinos, especially Trump Taj Mahal, which one has to wonder how that even happened.

But, then there are these three. Now I’m not saying these are architectural achievements. They’re no Whitney Breuer, or Broad Museum, or anything Bercy Chen has ever touched. I’m just saying they have a quality. They have an atmosphere beyond grotesque, shiny gold letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P against a rectangular, flat wall of glass. They actually aren’t complete pieces of . . .

Trump SoHo, New York, NY

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This building was (and still is) controversial and hated by many, but what building of Trump’s isn’t? The most pervasive argument is that it attempts to disrupt the scale of the neighborhood by towering over all other buildings. I walk this neighborhood often, and while this argument was true when the reviews came out a few years ago, the neighborhood caught up, especially now with Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard dominating the Tribeca / SoHo / Financial District skyline.

What is striking about Trump SoHo are the skyboxes that protrude from its façade, giving the structure a sense of movement and fragmentation. Much better than Trump’s other buildings which are only pieces of . . .

Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower, Panama City, Panama

Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower

I’m so tempted to do a wall joke right now, but I won’t. This Trump building in Panama is peculiar looking, even adventurous. It’s postmodern and uses its architectural language to express a relationship with itself and its surroundings. It’s also clearly modeled after a vagina. But at least it’s shaped like something, and not just a piece of . . .

Also, the labia flaps opening like that have the function of creating views from all of the hotel rooms in the interior. It reminds me to Bjarke Ingels’ Via 57 West, but not as good.

Trump Palace, Sunny Isles, Miami

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In Northeast Miami there are five Trump buildings—Trump Towers (three of them), Trump Royale, and Trump Palace, the tallest—and all of which, add, and do not take away from Miami’s revered MiMo, or Miami Modernist architecture style. These buildings have character, and actually aren’t obnoxious at all. Also interesting to note is that one of the principal architects on the project was José Suarez, who was raised in Miami, trained at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and most likely identifies as American, but who was technically born in Cuba. Perhaps Trump is more open to diversity than he leads on, especially when he can make money off of the deal.

By: David Plick