Here is my Traditional Building blog post from December, inspired by TB editor Martha McDonald’s expression of intrigue regarding an Architecture Here and There blog post I had written about Batman hiring a modernist architect to redesign Penn Station as a whale – underneath which was to be his new Batcave. I substantially tweaked that AHAT post, “In like a rat, out like Jonah,” to create this original TB blog post called “Batman redesigns Penn Station as a whale.” Both versions of this post, for AHAT and TB, link to the source materials, which report on the graphic novel Batman: Death by Design, by Chip Kidd, illustrated by Dave Taylor. Readers should enjoy that, and some might even groove upon the evolutionary progression among the various versions and their own source material. To riff off of the motto of the fabulous Future Symphony Institute, “Blog a Symphony.” (The FSI’s motto is actually much better: “Orchestrate a Renaissance.”) Very deeply committed readers can spend half of the morning or more reading to the end of this fascinating string of hyperlinked material.
Clem Labine’s Traditional Building, which is TB’s full name, is filled with awesome stories and advertising about new traditional architecture, historic preservation, old traditional architecture and related matters. Clem’s blog is by itself worth a visit to the TB website. I have written and early tomorrow will submit my first TB blog of my second year of monthly blogging for TB. Feel free to pat me on the head!