Uses of classical architecture

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Construction worker hangs from corner after scaffolding collapse at Fort Worth apartment building.

Construction workers were renovating the brickwork of the Sundance West apartments in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, when scaffolding collapsed, leaving one worker hanging five floors up on the six-story building.

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“… That safety harness keep[s] the worker from falling to the ground below” is how one local TV reporter described the event. Wrong! The building’s cornice kept the worker from falling. Video shows him holding on to the cornice for at least 33 seconds, kicking his legs a bit and then, showing strength and poise, shifting his grip hand to hand, bit by bit, around the corner and along the cornice over to safety, pulling himself onto the scaffolding that remained intact on that side of the building.

Good thing he was not on the building across the street (below, left) when the Grim Reaper came to call. Score one for classical architecture.

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[Note: Between Jan. 31 and Feb. 8, the survey results have swung from No leading 92-8 percent to Yes leading 63-37 percent. Voting deadline Feb. 26.]

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Glass and steel building near work site has no hand-holds for falling workers. (CBS Channel 11)

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. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others 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, 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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3 Responses to Uses of classical architecture

  1. astalsuresh says:

    Classic Architecture is now getting modernaized, and even used in steel buildings. Manufacturing an aesthetic steel building is cost effective , provided the steel optimization is done. for more inormation on steel buildings, visit http://www.astal.in

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  2. There’s a chart showing the voting each day on the question of whether Modern Architecture ruined Britain. Remarkably enough, the “yes” votes spiked on February 3rd. Hmmm, what might have happened on February 3rd? (On the vote bar, press “Next” twice).
    Don’t mess with the Power of the Brussat!

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