From Un Autre Monde (1844), by Grandville
Here, from around the globe, are roses and raspberries for buildings, people and events that moved the world as we know it closer to or further from the world as we’d like it to be:
• A raspberry to Lisbon for planning to move its beloved coach museum, the Museu Nacional dos Coches, from its graceful home at a 1787 royal palace to what looks like a parking garage. One mustn’t blame the pathetic architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha (a Pritzker Prize winner, naturally). He is a hired gun. The officials who hired him are to blame; so is the public for not raising enough of a stink to stop the project. But the recession has stopped it, for now. Why must beauty’s survival rely so often on local or national poverty?
To read the rest, please visit The Providence Journal here.
Editor’s note: Until I place illustrations into the online version of my Journal column, I will publish them below. An appendix containing the final digital montage may be viewed at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, here are all but that image:
Museu Nacional dos Coches, in Lisbon. (dreamstime.com)
Interior of Coach Museum. (promptguides.com)
New Coach Museum in construction. (wallpaper.com)
Sketch by Christine Franck. (christinefranck.wordpress.com)
Frank Gehry and proposed Eisenhower memorial. (inhabitat.com)
Proposed Paris skyscraper. (bbc.co.uk)
Tor Bella Monaca, outside Rome (clickthebrick.it)
Proposed Tor Bella Monaca redevelopment. (Leon Krier)
Sketch of built proposal by Pier Carlo Bontempi.
People’s Daily headquarters, Beijing. (telegraph.co.uk)
Proposed soccer stadium in Qatar. (dezeen.com)
The sequestered image may be viewed here.
About David Brussat
This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred.
History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book.
My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally.
I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002.
I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato.
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