House of (52,000) Cards

Screen shot of CBS Evening News segment on Brian Berg's houses of cards.

Screen shot of CBS Evening News segment on Bryan Berg’s houses of cards.

Here’s something from CBS Evening News involving architecture – a Harvard grad named Bryan Berg who builds houses of cards. He may not have (as he admits) a full deck but he certainly uses more than one of them to create his masterpieces. He does his card tricks for casinos, Disney, anyone who will pay, around the world – and he says it adds up to more than he would make as a real architect. And, he says, if a wing of his architecture falls down he doesn’t get sued. Furthermore, knocking them down is fun and that’s what he does when he’s done putting them up. And let us add that, based on CBS’s video of what he builds in the medium of cards, his work is superior to what he was taught at Harvard’s GSD, Graduate School of Design.

Good for him. Here he is:

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. 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 fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and 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 invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, 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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