Architects Discover Emoji, and Guess What They Aren’t All Happy About It

Architects have always used ornamentation to enliven and inform their work. The Greeks favored caryatids, Gothic designers embraced gargoyles, and the Art Deco era saw the rise of pyramidal motifs. A little more recently, historically speaking, Michael Graves summoned the Seven Dwarves to hold up the pediment of the Team Disney Building. Dutch architect Changiz Tehrani carries this tradition, for better or worse, into the digital age by incorporating emoji into the facade of an apartment building in Vathorst. “In my opinion this is cliché and the building will date itself very quickly,” said Susan Kart, an art historian at Lehigh University. (2 May)