Alexandra Lange

Between Buildings

We just watched Man on Wire, the Academy Award-winning documentary about Philippe Petit, the man who walked between the World Trade Center towers. The film is only so-so as a documentary, but Petit’s personality, the idea of the wire walk as art form and the stunning images of his three major walks in Paris, Sydney and New York are not to be missed. The best moment architecturally was when he sketches those walks on a piece of exposed drywall at the under-construction WTC. In that moment you see the way he looks at architecture. For him, Notre Dame, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the WTC are the same thing. I have always know that people see buildings differently, but this was a wonderful snapshot of Petit’s form of architecture criticism.

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Alexandra Lange Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, and author of Writing about Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Dwell, Metropolis, Print, New York Magazine and The New York Times.


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