Trad clearinghouse?

DSCN0134_2How about a clearinghouse for traditional projects? Prompted by a conversation this morning with the Washington, D.C., architect and planner Nir Buras, I am thinking of starting a new blog, associated with this ol’ Architecture Here and There blog, where architects, developers, planners and others could post (or allow me to post) their work, proposed, in progress or recently completed. The focus, as I imagine it at the outset, would be on projects larger than single-family houses, since that is where the classical revival needs most help, though they needn’t be classical and though even groupings of single-family houses in a project might very well be pertinent.

If anyone has any thoughts on the need for this, the desire for this, or how it might best be arranged, feel free to let fly.

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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4 Responses to Trad clearinghouse?

  1. Reblogged this on Architecture Here and There and commented:

    I owe readers an update on the idea for a clearinghouse for projects involving traditional architecture. Many readers reacted, urging me to attempt the idea. Unfortunately, looking for a job (as many readers know I am doing right now) is itself a fulltime job. I just don’t have enough time to do it, and probably not the technical know-how either. I don’t want anyone else contemplating such an idea to be deterred by the possibility that I am going to do it. I wish I could but it looks beyond reach for me. Sorry if I have been a tease!


  2. Sounds good David. I would contribute some images.


  3. Yes, the idea would be for folks to be able to scan what’s being proposed, not to rank them according to any prescriptive enumeration. Right?


  4. SteveMouzon says:

    David, this could be very helpful… I’d like to see it! And I’d encourage you to define “traditional” as broadly as you can… maybe a bit broader than what feels comfortable.


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