Monthly Archives: August 2015

Fairly Rhode Island

Above is a shot of Woodville, a village in Richmond, R.I., not all that far from the five-day Washington County Fair, which concluded today. We had hoped to pop in on a few villages like Woodville, Shannock, Kenyon, maybe even … Continue reading

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Water taxis for the stadium?

Belated news has it that PawSox participation in a parking garage planned for the state nursing center at South Street Landing has been dropped from the deal being negotiated for a new PawSox stadium in Providence. That opens the way … Continue reading

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Sniffing at Corbu and E-1027

Anthony Flint has an intriguing piece in Architect magazine, “Restoring Eileen Gray’s E-1027.” It’s about restoring the rather Corbusian seaside dacha designed by the Irish furniture designer (and lesbian) Eileen Gray. She had befriended the founder of modern architecture, Le … Continue reading

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Salingaros does Metropolis

Over the past few days, Nikos Salingaros has three new essays in Metropolis, the magazine of architecture, design and culture. His writing, with frequent literary partner Michael Mehaffy, has appeared in Metropolis before. These latest essays track his research and … Continue reading

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The great cities after WWII

Today is the 50th anniversary of the day Japan’s surrender in World War II was announced – a holiday still celebrated in no U.S. state but Rhode Island. It is a day to remember those who died, those who sacrificed, … Continue reading

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New HQ for classical revival

The School of Architecture at Notre Dame hosts the only major classical curriculum in the world, so far as I know. There are one or two schools and departments at the university level that offer a choice of curricula, such … Continue reading

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Movie news of the century!

Return of the White City! World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 recaptured in celloid! Beaux Arts classical architecture writ large as the silver screen! Sex, violence, megalomania and beauty? That too! Nothing excites me more than news from Curbed.com that one … Continue reading

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Kingsley Amis bags a statue

The late Kingsley Amis wrote The Old Devils (1988) about a community of old art farts in Wales when one of their old school chums, “media Welshman” Alun Weaver, decides to end his long successful literary career in London and … Continue reading

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“Modern is not a style”

Modern in Denver, a Colorado design magazine, has posted what I believe is the first installment of a regular column inviting local modernist architects to comment on design issues, with the hope of generating conversation among readers. Hats off to … Continue reading

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Beauty plays the piano

As I’m pulled more and more under the influence of the musical blog of Kaz, YouTube videos of performances by the composers he highlights enchant me with greater and greater frequency. Here I offer his post on Franz Liszt, the … Continue reading

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