About David Brussat and his blog

dbselfieThis blog – written by an experienced writer and editor working for some of the nation’s most accomplished architects and design theorists – aims to promote a revival of classical and traditional architecture in Providence, R.I., and around the world by suggesting that lovable buildings needn’t be old but can be made new today, if only modern architecture can be somehow convinced, or shamed, or forced, into permitting an even playing field for major commissions in architecture.

David has opened a consultancy primarily to edit the writing of others. And in addition to writing about architecture, he writes other material, such as introductions to books on the verge of publication, whether they are about architecture or other subjects. For details on how to hire his services, please email him at dbrussat@gmail.com or phone him at 401.351.0457.

“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

David was born in Chicago and grew up in Washington, D.C. After earning a degree in journalism from American University, he entered the world of newspapers. Two short stints writing editorials for two small papers in the South led to the editorial board of The Providence Journal, where he wrote edits, laid out pages and put out a weekly column about architecture.

David started this blog in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal. It has since gone independent under the WordPress imprint.

David lives in Providence with his wife, Victoria, their son Billy and cat Gato. If you would like to read his blog posts, please click “Follow” button in right margin of blog, or email him at dbrussat@gmail.com.

23 Responses to About David Brussat and his blog

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  2. Michael Wise says:

    Hello David,

    I’d like to send you a copy of a forthcoming book from New Vessel Press, IF VENICE DIES, by the art historian Salvatore Settis that I’m sure will interest with you.

    http://newvesselpress.com/books/if-venice-dies/ It has plenty to say about culture in general and contemporary architecture in particular.

    Here’s a brief description:
    What is Venice worth? To whom does this urban treasure belong? This eloquent book by internationally renowned art historian Salvatore Settis urgently poses these questions, igniting a new debate about the Pearl of the Adriatic and cultural patrimony at large. Venetians are increasingly abandoning their hometown—there’s now only one resident for every 140 visitors—and Venice’s fragile fate has become emblematic of the future of historic cities everywhere as it capitulates to tourists and those who profit from them. In If Venice Dies, a fiery blend of history and cultural analysis, Settis argues that “hit-and-run” visitors are turning landmark urban settings into shopping malls and theme parks. He warns that Western civilization’s prime achievements face impending ruin from mass tourism and global cultural homogenization. This is a passionate plea to secure the soul of Venice, written with consummate authority, wide-ranging erudition and élan.

    “A chilling account of the slow agony of Venice as illustrative of a global consumerist epidemic. Richly documented and imbued with deep angst about this supreme urban creation.”
    — Philippe de Montebello, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Could you please send me your email and postal addresses? Thank you.

    Best wishes,
    Michael Wise
    wise@newvesselpress.com

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  3. Dear David, I am a french documentary film director. We are currently preparing a project about Mont Saint-Michel’s history, its architecture and different stades of the site construction. We are looking for some international specialists to interview. Can I contact you by email in order to explain better our project? My email address is snegff@gmail.com. Thank you in advance. Denis

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  4. lux et veritas says:

    David,

    Perhaps you might direct your considerable talent onto the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. If you haven’t visited it you should. It’s one of the most moving memorial’s I’ve traveled to. Because of it’s remote location in historic Bedford Virginia it has suffered financially. On D-day, June 6, 1944, Bedford received the greatest number of dreaded war dept telegrams per capita. there wasn’t a home or family that was spared an invasion loss.

    Respectfully
    Lux

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    • May I invite you to write something about the D-Day memorial in Bedford and I will publish it? Not a home or family that was spared an invasion loss? If so, I imagine that’s why the memorial is there. I find the design somewhat dodgy, but I offer you a forum for its defense, and for advocating a donation to relieve its peril as we relieved that of France.

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      • lux-et-veritas says:

        Suggest you read about the “BEDFORD BOYS”. A beautiful little town just down the road from VMI.

        Dodgy?? How so??

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        • I guess the word suggests a feeling that the D-Day memorial, while it has some admirable features such as the temple, also has other features, such as its large arch, that are more dubious. As a whole, it seems a hodgepodge of elements, and its plan looks like Mickey Mouse (though people do not see it from above). I suppose that’s what I mean by dodgy. I appreciate the opportunity to think it through more usefully, Lux.

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          • lux et veritas says:

            The temple you admire houses a life size sculpture of Ike. The Arch provides a triumphant entry to the heroic sculptural depiction of thousands of troops charging onto Omaha beach through a deadly hale of artillery. It’s dimensions are significant. It is 44′ 6″ tall representing the D-Day date in June (6) 1944. Perhaps you noticed its black and white cap stones, which represent the Black and White stripes painted on the wings of Allied aircraft so that they would not be fired upon by allied invasion forces.

            As for it being a “hodgepodge”, perhaps photography does not covey the physical impact on visitors. Vets who visit are profoundly affected by the story the memorial retells. As importantly, children come away with a better education then they receive in school about WW2, heroism, valor, courage and sacrifice. Would you not agree that one function of a war memorial is to infuse a sense of patriotism in this and future generations of children?

            Perhaps I will consider writing something here which you might consider publishing as an article. My interest is solely to bring the D Day National Memorial to the attention of your readership as a possible destination if they visit Virginia. Your willingness to let your readership draw its own conclusions sans our critical judgement would allay my concerns.

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  5. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks. Pleased to have found your well informed and thoughtful blog. Return visits to follow. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

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  6. Paul McGoran says:

    I found myself wondering today why your column is no longer in the Providence Urinal, and was disappointed to find, by Googling, that you were laid off. Count me chagrined, angry and culturally deprived. Here’s hoping a better news organization will find you. I think you would be a perfect fit for the Wall St. Journal’s weekly Mansion section on Fridays. And if I may suggest a topic … how about a column on Newport’s Audrain building restoration and repurposing?

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  7. Ken Firestone says:

    I tried signing up for your emails. No luck. All of the addresses I tried were rejected as invalid. Something is wrong.

    Ken Firestone

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  8. judith Tolnick Champa says:

    David, The Blackstone Neighborhood Association has just formed. Time is tight. We are confronting the “major subdivision” of the large historic proper at 460 Rochambeau, the prominent corner of Roch-and Blackstone. This is new high density zoning that will make the whole area suffer. Please contact me for details on this disastrous proposal before the Hearing in a few weeks. We need you.

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  9. deborah berke says:

    Dear David Brussat- I write to let you know how deeply disappointed I am in the Providence Journal for letting you go. A significant newspaper should have an architecture critic! Although I often disagreed with your comments, I enjoyed your column very much. I look forward to reading your blog. warm regards, Deborah Berke

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    • Deborah, how very kind of you to write, and bless you for your pleasing sentiments. May I hope that if you continue to read you might someday agree? Either way, I am much more uplifted by those who say they like my writing than by those who say they agree with it, wonderful as those latter may be. My opinion is held by many, but it is mine only by dint of how it is stated. Many thanks!

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  10. Philip Gregg Watts, Jr. says:

    October 4, 2014
    Dearest David,
    Despite the unshocking news of you being laid off by the new ownership and its ‘producing captives’ at the Providence Journal, I still must evoke the pain that overcomes me as the last breath of printed newspapers yells out “au revoir, Mon. Brussat” to perhaps one of the last vestiges of the world gone by. But, alas, we may take refuge by realigning our eyes and readjusting our thoughts to the new world a-comin: Seek out “David Brussat and his blog” while at the same time you may reach out to grab a respirator!

    P.G. Watts, Jr.
    Washington, D.C.

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  11. I see noses in header image.

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  12. I see noses in the header image.

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  13. abelsailor72 says:

    Aum! David…Glad I’ve found you at WordPress.com! You’ve inspired me to start blogging again. ” I Hope You can imagine,…”

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