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:
The sequestered image may be viewed here.