Corbusier in Providence?

photoThis building design was sent by the famous Andres Duany – whose firm, DPZ, helped JWU masterplan its downtown Providence campus between 1994 and 2005 – under the subject line “This could have been the Johnson & Wales building.” He sent the image in response to my blog post “First on 195 land,” and the building has a certain appeal, even though, as Duany points out, it was designed by Le Corbusier – doubtless before he drank (indeed concocted the recipe for) the modernist Kool Aid.

In my blog I suggested a very general design strategy by which the architects hired by JWU could improve a tediously clichéd modernist proposal. Might I now add that I think they ought to be able to outdo Corbu?

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. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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1 Response to Corbusier in Providence?

  1. Michael J. Tyrrell says:

    Oh the irony! Some of LeCorbusier’s finest (earthy, human scaled, Tyrollean-alpine inspired) homes are in La Chaux-de-Fonds.


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