My new blog is now up on the remodeled websites of two leading trade journals, Traditional Building and Period Homes, published by the Home Group of Active Interest Media. The blog is called Architecture Old and New, a recasting of the title of this old blog, Architecture Now and Then, which was founded in 2009.
My first post on the new blog, which will appear monthly, and on this blog a month after appearing in TB and PH, is “New Blog, Old Conversation.” It introduces the blog and dives into the discourse, the conversation among architects about architecture, by characterizing segments of the discourse.
My new blog (and my old one) are intended to foster discourse not only by offering platforms for my own need to spout off but by triggering responses, yea, nay or huh?, from readers. I hope that readers of my new blog will visit my old blog, and that readers of my old blog will use the opportunity offered by my new blog to visit blogs by the two journals’ stable of bloggers. One of them, Clem Labine, whose blog is a monthly masterpiece, founded this set of journals devoted to the building traditions and the classical revival.
I am familiar with his work and am looking forward to getting to know Judy Hayward, Peter Miller, Rudy Christian and Ken Follett. Their blogs address a range of subjects regarding the nuts and bolts of traditional practice in the building arts and crafts, preservation of historic homes and buildings, and dissemination of information about those fields through journalism and gatherings of practitioners and theorists.
Not least among the charms of TB and PH is their profusion of ads for firms that sell products and services for architects and builders. Most of these are lusciously illustrated and are as alluring to readers as the journals’ reportage, book reviews, forums, opinions and other features. Believe it or not, there is even an index to advertisers in each issue!
The Home Group, which publishes the building-oriented journals under the Active Interest Media umbrella, is responsible for a wide range of activities to assist practitioners revive beauty in the building arts. They include: the Palladio Awards, the Traditional Building Conference series, the Historic Home Show, and a host of popular journals, including Old House Journal, Early Homes, New Old House, Arts & Crafts Homes, Old House Interior Design Sourcebook. All have websites that can be clicked on from the bottom of any of the above websites.
I hope readers will click on any of the links above to read the offerings and join the discussion.