Monthly Archives: July 2016

Time to redo Lincoln Center

The Future Symphony Institute has reprinted on its website three plans to rebuild Lincoln Center, published in the autumn 2000 issue of City Journal, the quarterly of the Manhattan Institute. “A New Lincoln Center,” though or in fact because it … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

The ‘architecture’ of CVS

The pace of development drags in West Warwick, R.I., as in many other places, and the allure of a CVS drugstore grows. CVS, whose national headquarters is in Woonsocket, will not, it appears, even give special dispensation to a fellow … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Rhode Island | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Video of the modernist city

Here, courtesy of the website Kuriositas, is the city of modern architecture’s secret desire. The video of this imagined place is called “Spacial Bodies,” by AUJIK.  As described by Kuriositas, it “depicts the urban landscape and architectural bodies as an … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Video | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

“Strikingly modern” house?

On Saturdays, when the “House of the Week” beckons in the Providence Journal, my wife and I guess its asking price. Victoria is usually closer. This week, the house at 346 Claypool Dr., an appealing traditional house built in 2007 … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Pollan deconstructs design

Michael Pollan’s A Place of My Own (1997) is the story of how a successful author of well-known books on food tries to free himself from the grip words had on his life by building a cabin for himself by … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Work on new Yale campus

After driving down to attend the Palladio Awards at the New Haven Lawn Club on Wednesday afternoon (alas, the wrong day), I offered myself the compensatory pleasure of viewing construction well under way at Yale’s new campus quads, designed by Robert … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Dicey dioramas of ruin porn

Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber have fashioned what might be described as apocalypic dollhouses to create an end-of-the-world sensibility. The result, from an article in Architizer titled “The Beauty of Decay: These Stunning Dioramas Depict Perfect Post-Apocalyptic Architecture,” brings to … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

1 man, 53 years, 1 cathedral

Watch this brief video about a man in his 90s who has spent 53 years building a cathedral near Madrid by hand – solely his own. Not sure what I think of the cathedral’s design. There seem clear references, at … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Video | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A French city, razed, rebuilt

We are still angry and sad about Nice, but let me shift the spotlight to another ancient French resort city, St.-Malo, on the Brittany coast of the English Channel. As I say, an ancient city, but it was shelled and … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Nice and soulful architecture

It is hard to think with violence raining down, near and far. I am far from it in Providence, at least for now. My heart goes out to Nice. In a strange way its beauty struck me as I read … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments