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Scavenger Hunt – MoMA Landmarks of Modern Architecture

June 19, 2013

MoMA: Landmarks of Modern Architecture

Scavenger Hunt on Foursquare

The game grabbed my attention, and took me to: http://www.moma.org/landmarks

At first, it took me by surprise, the descriptions of selected buildings. While some are interesting, one begins to see some stretch: A building by Junzo Yoshimura ‘utilizes ribbon windows, which Le Corbusier also used in his most iconic buildings’.

My impression was that while Corbusier was fascinated by what he saw upon his visit to US; New York, and USA in general were largely irreverent to Corb. Even in an era where all things European were considered cultured and worth emulating, and many of his disciples found work in US. Of course it was also a time to celebrate geniuses. And buildings in 60s and 70s? That’s pretty late – by that time Le Corbusier was already through the cycle of falling in love and then becoming disillusioned with the Soviets (following his entry for The Palace of Soviets. And he was busy building for Nehru in India, a new city) So I remember thinking: some real fan of Le Corbusier here! 

Now I see the reason – 

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

Through September 23

MoMA presents its first major exhibition on the work of Le Corbusier, encompassing his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer, and photographer.

So:

In celebration of the Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light and Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Architecture exhibitions—and these artists’ lasting influence on global architecture—MoMA invites you on a Foursquare scavenger hunt to find iconic modernist architectural sites in New York City.

Some are famous enough, but others are lesser known, and worth visiting. Grab the opportunity, check in!

If interested in more on previous Scavenger Hunt by MoMA: see http://blog.ohny.org/modern-architecture-and-design-scavenger-hunt-winners/

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