In the BACkground :: Reflection on Void
A series from Phil Reville, M. Arch Candidate
“I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.” - John F Kennedy
Last weekend I took a bike ride down Mass. Ave, out along the Harborwalk trail through South Boston to the JFK Memorial Library at Columbia Point. The just under five mile ride from the BAC was a scenic one that I suggest everyone take, especially for a pitstop at Carson Beach. As you approach the Library from the Harborwalk, you can see what appears to be a giant black box bisected by an even larger white triangle. That… is the library. If you know anything about the architect, I.M. Pei, you know that he has a penchant for geometry. Designer of the famous pyramids at the Louvre, the Cleveland Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and our very own Hancock Tower here in Boston, I.M. Pei is for many a household name. The 98 year old Chinese-American architect traces his own architectural roots back to Boston, as a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design under the direction of Walter Gropius. Since then, Pei has gone on to design dozens of the world’s most notable buildings. Yet, of all of the buildings he has ever designed, Pei considers the JFK Memorial Library the most important commission of his life.