Happy 14th birthday, ANN!

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Copley Place from the entrance of the Boston Public Library.

Today is ANN’s 14th birthday, the duoseptennial (neologism alert) anniversary of ArchitectureNewsNow.com – Kristen Richards’s glorious compendium of architectural news and opinion from around the world (at least the Anglosphere). I can think of no better way to commemorate this day than with the gift of fine architecture. I was in Boston last night with my camera. Before attending the board meeting of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, I sat a while in Bates Hall, the main reading room of the Boston Public Library, designed by Charles Follen McKim. The 1972 half, designed by Philip Johnson in an attempt to crack a joke at the expense of the 1895 half, does not count even as architecture in any genuine sense of the word. Kristen will disagree, of course, and that will have no bearing on the beauty of her accomplishment.

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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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2 Responses to Happy 14th birthday, ANN!

  1. kristen says:

    wowee kazowee — what a fabulous anniversary post…thank you!!! your pix are fab (and your words are blush-inducing…)

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