Monthly Archives: January 2023

Professor Curl’s revenge

1933 competition entry by Mies van der Rohe for new Reichsbank. (Stevens Curl collection) Since the publication of his masterly evisceration of modernist architecture in 2018, Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism, James Stevens Curl has … Continue reading

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Attend Penn StationPalooza!

Next Thursday, Jan. 26, the three main alternative proposals for restoring some sense of dignity to Pennsylvania Station will duke it out at a forum to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. in the Great Hall of Cooper Union … Continue reading

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Britain embraces tradition

Buckingham Palace, official residence of King Charles III. (Architectural Digest) Dezeen reports that, in Britain, the Tory government’s minister for housing, Michael Gove, has thrown his support behind the idea of a university-level school for classical and traditional architecture and … Continue reading

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Ancient progress in concrete

The Pantheon, in Rome, is thought to be almost 2,000 years old. (getyourguide.com) A number of publications have run stories describing the recent discovery of how the ancient Romans made their concrete structures last so long. For example, the dome … Continue reading

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“From Paris to Providence”

514 Broadway, the Prentice House, in Providence, where Anna and Laura Tirocchi had their dressmaking shop. Now known as the Wedding Cake House, it is a chic hotel. (Tirocchi Archive) Providence was once a world leader in textile manufacturing, including … Continue reading

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