simon ungers

While in Limerick for a short time, I heard the sad news in the Architect’s Newspaper that architect Simon Ungers has passed away. Ungers, who was at Cornell before I got there, is a critical figure in the history of recent architecture, whose work is, regrettably, underappreciated. Ungers is important as one of the first “shapers”, architects who, influenced by Minimalism who turned to strong forms that avoided either the flacidity of blobs or the reductiveness of the box (see Bob Somol’s 12 Reasons for Getting Back Into Shape in OMA’s Content for more on OMA’s interest in shape). Architecture is much poorer for the loss.

T House by Simon Ungers

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While in Limerick for a short time, I heard the sad news in the Architect’s Newspaper that architect Simon Ungers has passed away. Ungers, who was at Cornell before I got there, is a critical figure in the history of recent architecture, whose work is, regrettably, underappreciated. Ungers is important as one of the first “shapers”, architects who, influenced by Minimalism who turned to strong forms that avoided either the flacidity of blobs or the reductiveness of the box (see Bob Somol’s 12 Reasons for Getting Back Into Shape in OMA’s Content for more on OMA’s interest in shape). Architecture is much poorer for the loss.

T House by Simon Ungers

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