Well-known architect John C. Portman Jr. dies at 93

By The Associated Press – Associated Press – Sunday, December 31, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) – , an architect and developer known for his post-modernist designs that helped reshaped cities such as and New York, has died. He was 93.

Mayor offered condolences to ’s family and said the architect’s love for “is well known and unrivaled.”

’s revolutionary designs redefined urban landscapes, though sometimes not without controversy. The New York Times report ed that some of his buildings were criticized as concrete islands and self-contained cities within cities.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution report ed that no single architect shaped ’s skyline like . He gave the city the cylindrical Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel as well as the AmericasMart, an array of buildings downtown where wholesale goods are bought and sold. The newspaper said died Friday.

He also left his mark from San Francisco to Shanghai, and helped revitalize Times Square with his famed New York Marriott Marquis.

“Anyone can build a building and put rooms in it,” he told The New York Times in 2011. “But we should put human beings at the head of our thought processes. You want to hopefully spark their enthusiasm. Like riding in a glass elevator: Everyone talks on a glass elevator. You get on a closed-in elevator, everyone looks down at their shoes. A glass elevator lets people’s spirits expand. Architecture should be a symphony.”

Mayor said few people had shaped the city as much as .

“His signature is written in the skyline,” said in a statement. “His love for our city – and for Downtown – is well known and unrivaled.”


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