Batman’s Penn Station, etc.

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Frame in which architect explains Batman’s new Penn Station design. (Dave Taylor)

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!

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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2 Responses to Batman’s Penn Station, etc.

  1. A Subscriber says:

    Consider your head patted and your tummy rubbed! Good boy!

    Liked by 1 person

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