On the heels of a major setback for modernism’s assault on Paris – its city council voted narrowly against it on Monday – comes an even bigger victory against a similar assault in Charleston, S.C., where Clemson University has withdrawn its application to build a modernist school of architecture right in the middle of the city’s historic district. Bravo, and bravo squared!
Will there now be a competition for the new building? Personally, I’d like to see them go straight to a counter-design proposed earlier this year by the Charleston firm of Bevan & Liberatos. (Imagine that, a local building designed by local architects!)
Clemson must be given credit for the grace of backing down in the face of public distress over its plan, even though they had been pushing one or another modernist design for years, and there was no reason to be sure the proposed abomination could not have been pushed through. Christopher Liberatos and Jenny Bevan, of the firm noted just above, deserve a good deal of the credit for generating opposition and giving it intelligent focus. The Post & Courier deserves credit as well for its comprehensive coverage and sensitive editorials on this issue.
Read “Clemson scraps its modern building plan” in the Post & Courier.