Walker Art Center is a great contemporary museum, firmly
entrenched somewhere in the top five of my perennial favorites
with the Whitney, Pompidou, Tate and, I don't know, let's
say the Hirshorn. The original museum building was designed
by Edward Larabee Barnes, the guy who also designed the
familiar IBM Building on 57th Street (you know, the one
with all that bamboo behind Trump Tower). From memory the
old Walker building was not that bad, just small and a bit
dated. All of that changed in 2005 when they opened their
much deserved monster addition, designed by everyone's favorite
contemporary art museum architects, Herzog and de Meuron...
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& de Meuron: Matural History by Jacques Herzog and
Pierre de Meuron
(2003) Lars Muller Publishers
than just a big heavy monograph, Natural History uses
essays and work by scholars in an attempt to organize H &
dM's work into six different categories...
Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture 2004) Phaidon Press
monstrously big, heavy book that very well may be the best resource
of its kind you will ever see...