This time-lapse video, called “Three Classicists,” shows three British classicists, including Quinlan Terry’s son, sketching a classical scene on a blank wall in about three minutes, to the dear strains of a dulcet cellist. It is several years old but I post it to introduce readers to a great new website called “A Vision for Civic Conservation,” assembled by Christopher Liberatos and Jenny Bevan, who run an architectural firm in Charleston, S.C. – it has been a leader in opposing the sinister school of architecture being built in historic Charleston by Clemson University.
The three classicists are Francis Terry, George Saumarez Smith and Ben Pentreath. A host of other fascinating videos are also posted in the VCC “Readings” section.
But VCC is more than a great way to see videos. It uses graceful language and cantankerous posters, including the work of Leon Krier, to sum up the essential issues of architecture, preservation and urbanism in today’s world. It draws the startling contrast between the benefits of building cities based on the principles of tradition and the flaws of the reigning modernist way of building (or anti-building). We can do better, it insists.
VCC is not just a great website, it is a movement, and you can sign up. I did and so have many others. You can get on the bandwagon at “Sign Up Here.”