Browbeating Boston’s brand

Adds link to Boston Globe’s story on Mayor Walsh’s architectural advice to developers.

Architecture Here and There

View toward Prudential Center and 111 Huntington Ave., with the tiara. ( View from Christian Science Center toward Prudential Center and 111 Huntington Ave. (center left), with “tiara.” (

Marty Walsh has taken over as Boston mayor after 20 years of Tom Menino, who used to decide what sort of hat new buildings would wear – most famously, the “tiara” of a glitzy tower called R2-D2, near the Pru. That’s how closely the late Menino was said to have micromanaged development in the Hub. Walsh, who once ran the city’s building trades union, told a business roundtable on Wednesday that “too often, new buildings have been merely functional.” He wants developers to “reach beyond their comfort zone.”

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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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