Calatrava’s Watercolors

The Sept 1 New Yorker has an interesting piece by Rebecca Mead (which I cannot find on its site, but maybe you can) on how our bridge designer designs:

He does not work with a computer or with drafting equipment; each of his buidlings begins with a sheaf of paint-dappled pages. His archive in Switzerland includes more than a hundred thousand sketches… 

This facility no doubt helps with the fundraising:

In Dallas, where two Calatrava bridges are being built, he pulled out the watercolors after lunch at the home of Margaret McDermott, a local philanthropist who contributed two million dolars to the project. (“He reached into his briefcase and dipped a brush into his water glass,” Mary McDermott Cook, McDermott’s daughter, recalled of the occasion. “My mother said, ‘Get him another glass of water!'”)

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3 responses to “Calatrava’s Watercolors”

  1. Tom says:

    Can Calatrava’s watercolors get some more of that fancy rare steel here so we can finish Dallas’ version of the Bridge to Nowhere?

  2. er says:

    Dallas is the only city in the nation that would spend millions on bridges and think they will draw people to the city. This whole project speaks volumes for Dallas’ inferiority complex. When will we understand that it takes more than throwing money at developers to become a world-class city.