Shubow on Gehry’s finger

Frank Gehry's recent symbolic reply to journalist in Spain.

Frank Gehry’s recent symbolic reply to journalist in Spain. (

Justin Shubow, president of the National Civic Art Society, in Washington, has a new gig writing a column at Shubow, who will remain at the NCAS, has directed the society’s vigorous defense of the Nation’s Capital against the proposal by the nation’s world’s Greatest Architect to diss the memory of America’s 34th president. It is fitting and proper, therefore, that Shubow’s first column fingers Gehry’s finger – his recent shot of bird at the press, followed by his declaration that “98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit.”

Shubow delves deeply into this. He is a trove of fact, history and insight whose column is not to be missed. He has Gehry dead to rights. Read “Frank Gehry is Right: 98% of Architecture Today ‘Has No Respect for Humanity” in its entirety. Can’t wait for his next piece at Forbes’s online magazine. His blog may be visited here.

By the way, Justin is speaking at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan. His subject is “The Architecture of Democracy.”

Here’s’s Gehry link:

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. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others 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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