My new TB and PH blog


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Starting on New Year’s Day my blog joins forces with the online website blogs at Traditional Building and Period Homes. Architecture Old and New will combine new essays with posts from Architecture Here and There. My monthly blog on the TB and PH websites will appear alongside blogs by a pair of my heroes, Clem Labine – founder of Traditional Building and its stable of trade journals for traditional builders, suppliers, customers and aficionados – and Steven Semes, director of the Rome program for the school of architecture at Notre Dame and author of The Future of the Past.

My first post on Jan. 1 (possibly up earlier) will introduce my new blog and discuss the ongoing conversation about architecture among traditional and classical theorists and practitioners, and the role that conversation plays in the world of architecture, especially alongside the conversation taking place among modernism’s theorists and practitioners, such as it is. I may throw some curves but I do not want to telegraph any punches.

For inviting me into the conversation, I am grateful to editor Martha McDonald and publisher Peter Miller, who has his own blog along with craftsmen Rudy Christian, Ken Follett and Ward Hamilton, and Judy Hayward, who leads the Traditional Building Conference’s several annual sessions around the country. Traditional Building and Period Homes are published by Restore Media, which is an arm of the Home Group of Active Interest Media.

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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5 Responses to My new TB and PH blog

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  2. Congratulations! This is really excellent 2016 NEWS.


  3. kristen says:

    BRAVO and congrats!!! looking forward (will you still notify when you post?).


    • I will notify you, Kristen. This is in addition to my existing blog posts, and some of them will already have been on my blog and others will be new material. There will be a 30 day hold on them by right before I can run it on my blog, but you will get notification then.


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