Monthly Archives: June 2014

What young people want

Originally posted on Architecture Here and There:
The first of two schemes presented by Bevan & Liberatos as counter proposals to the proposed Clemson building in Charleston. Jenny Bevan, of the Charleston, S.C., architecture firm Bevan & Liberatos, has written…

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Column: Bill Warner, due diligence and history

The Rhode Island Senate has passed legislation, Senate Bill No. 2255, to rename State Bridge No. 1181 — known as the Providence River Bridge — as the William D. Warner Memorial Bridge. Perhaps, in the waning days of this session … Continue reading

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What young people want

Jenny Bevan, of the Charleston, S.C., architecture firm Bevan & Liberatos, has written a brilliant critique of the proposed new building for the Clemson University school of architecture in the historic section of Charleston. Bevan is a graduate of both … Continue reading

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Cayalá coming along

Here’s a detailed report from INTBAU, the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism, on Cayalá, the new traditional town in Guatemala. Its master plan was the work of Lèon Krier and the major civic building, its Athenaeum, was designed … Continue reading

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Renzo Piano, constrained

A friend sent me from HuffPost this image of a new “building” in Paris by starchitect Renzo Piano (what a name!), sure that it would raise my dander sky high. But while the structure certainly confirms the stupidity of modern architecture, … Continue reading

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Human scale in Providence

Tonight I saw the documentary The Human Scale, about the work of Jan Gehl, a Dane who has sought, as I put it in last night’s post, to undo some of the damage done by modernism to the space between … Continue reading

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The Providence conference

Here is an e-mail I posted just now to the TradArch and Pro-Urb listservs, discussion groups that have for three or four days now been chewing on my last column, “Modernism invades New Urbanism,” along with architect David Rau’s cri … Continue reading

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See ‘The Human Scale’

That is a documentary film about the work of Jan Gehl, a Danish architect whose idea of “Life Between Buildings” encapsulates his desire, apparently, to undo some of the harm that modern planning and design have done to cities over … Continue reading

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Column: Modernism invades New Urbanism

The New Urbanism is really the old urbanism guided by principles of human scale, residential density, proximity and walkability. Before World War II, cities, towns and villages got built and grew over time with few rules. Builders used forms and … Continue reading

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The Frick’s future

Plans emerged yesterday for an expansion of the Frick Collection. an addition reverent, it seems, in its devotion to the sensibility of the mansion built in 1913-14 for Henry Clay Frick by Carrere & Hastings, expanded by John Russell Pope … Continue reading

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