PRINT December 2004

Tom Vanderbilt

1 “The Snow Show” (Kemi and Rovaniemi, Finland) I would have used any excuse to visit the Finnish Lapland town of Rovaniemi, where Alvar Aalto’s stunning municipal buildings stand, but “The Snow Show,” curated by Lance Fung there and in Kemi, provided architecture of an even more native variety—ice and snow structures by Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, and others, their medium harvested from local lakes and engineered by Finnish master ice-builder Seppo Mäkinen. Part Fitzgeraldian winter carnival, part Smithsonesque exercise in entropic dissipation, the whimsy and beauty of these glacial constructions was enough to melt your heart.

2 “Building the Unthinkable” (Apex Art, New York) The “Doomsday Clock” of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists sits at seven minutes to midnight—back to where it was at the dawn of the cold war. Curator Christian Stayner probed the clear and present dangers

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