Monthly Archives: July 2014

‘World Made By Hand’

My column about Don Powers’ presentation at Boston’s Traditional Building Conference a couple of weeks ago, which comes amid a lengthy set of threads about real or fake building materials on the TradArch listserv, reminded Steve Mouzon (who also spoke) … Continue reading

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Column: Traditional building in a modernist world

[This post is the continuation of my blog’s recent “Trad building conference” thread to No. 5. It may be read in The Providence Journal. Because the Journal online images do not “click to enlarge” I am going to run the … Continue reading

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World’s best sculpture

No, the sculpture on display here is certainly not the best sculpture in the world, but it’s head and shoulders above most of what the artistic establishment considers the best – that is, twisted contortions of metal, symbols arrayed as … Continue reading

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Brown engineering virus

Brown University’s proposed new engineering school on Hope Street is to be designed by the modernist firm that designed the abominable new U.S. embassy in London, Kieran Timberlake. This is almost surely a disaster in the making, but not certainly … Continue reading

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Biophilia and biomimicry

Deep in the trenches of architecture, classicists and modernists are battling for the right to don the mantle of science. If you google “architecture biophilia” you will see a lot of stuff – including buildings – covered with greenery. That’s … Continue reading

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Come visit these videos!

Chris Michael of the Guardian assembles the 10 worst city tourism spots in history – they go back as far as 1960 (Vancouver). These were great fun, some of them were actually impressive in a macabre modernist way. Atlanta and … Continue reading

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Column: Halt this attack on the people’s plaza

[This is my weekly column in The Providence Journal, a revised version of the post “Let’s ruin Kennedy Plaza” on my blog Architecture Here and There, written on vacation the day before the July 15 groundbreaking for this unfortunate project.] … Continue reading

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Trad building conference 4

Of course, what would these affairs be without the schmoozing with friends, and the renewal of old and forging of new professional relationships? To my retiring nature these affairs would be perfectly marvelous, yet even I found myself luxuriating in … Continue reading

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Trad building conference 3

Two recent phrases are new to me: Lean Architecture and Makers Space. Lean architecture seems to be what it sounds like, traditional work performed by the most simple methods that can be contrived, but that embrace tradition and ornament. The … Continue reading

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Mr. Wemmick’s castle

Here’s a great passage from Great Expectations, where Pip is introduced to the household of his guardian’s clerk, Wemmick: Wemmick’s house was a little wooden cottage in the midst of plots of garden, and the top of it was cut … Continue reading

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