Members of the committee, mostly architects and community development and real estate experts, said they appreciated the desire to warm up the plaza, which they described as the visually chilly, windswept "corporate" forecourt to architect I.M. Pei's 1995 Rock Hall building."In keeping with Cleveland having ideas derivative of other places." That's... not a ringing endorsement.
"I think you guys have been set an extremely difficult problem," architect Jack Bialosky, the committee's chairman, told the Rock Hall's designers and President and CEO Greg Harris. "You're dealing with a plaza that's not contained, not defined."
But Bialosky called the design concepts underwhelming and static and "in keeping with Cleveland having ideas derivative of other places...."
He added: "there's nothing unique to this experience that's all about Cleveland and unique to this place... I don't think you've gone far enough."
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