Architecture: A Room of His Own

Skyscrapered Manhattan, taken as a whole, is one of man's most fascinating architectural conglomerations. But when it comes to singling out individual masterworks by the greats of modern architecture, the pickings are slim. Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe get only one building each (the Guggenheim Museum and the Seagram Building); Marcel Breuer's first structure (the new Whitney Museum) is only now going up; and Pier Luigi Nervi is relegated to a bus station at the north end of the island. Last week Finnish Architect Alvar Aalto, one of the acknowledged deans of modern design, managed to get...

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