american architect philip johnson, who promoted the ‘glass box’ skyscraper and post-modernist designs, dies at 98 on january 25, 2005. johnson was especially enthusiastic about the work of the german architect ludwig mies van der rohe, who called for designs that express a building’s structure in the most direct and economical way possible. ‘I like the thought that what we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty,’ he said, ‘so that oncoming generations can look back to the shapes we leave here and get the same thrill that I get in looking back at theirs – at the parthenon, at chartres cathedral…’ see his AT&T (sony) building in new york city google news