In fact, the Maki buildings overall offer genuine refreshment for anyone who chooses to breathe in the crisp, clear air of inspiration they provide, by themselves and in concert with the company of the buildings they join. All of this homages paid to geometry, to light and shadow, and to the cultures of Japan and to the West is spare, elegant, eloquent and instructive.
Architecture, if it is to mean anything, can't be static. History and progress demand that it be progressive and discriminating, embracing whatever useful aesthetic impulses and technological advances are offered it and trimming away whatever fat impedes it.
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Kemper Art Museum, southern façade
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Saligman Family Atrium, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum,
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Each improvement, every refinement, reminds the people who use it that rational change and innovation are what yield progress. We learn from the past and carry these learnings forward into new territories, new achievements. In a region where good things have begun happening again, we need to reclaim the optimism that fresh new buildings provide and the ambitions for the future they express.