Category Archives: Architects

Photos of downtown Boston

I was in Boston’s Financial District last Wednesday to attend a board meeting of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which met not, as usual, at the College Club on Commonwealth – no dearth of photo opportunities around there! … Continue reading

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The driverless car fiasco

Driverless cars are fast becoming the next big thing, with timelines for their arrival collapsing at breakneck speed. They remind me of the Minions. Craaashhh! The website grist.org has an article by Katie Herzog called “No One Wants Driverless Cars … Continue reading

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The vandals own the gates

Here is sad news from sculptor Walter Arnold, who reports on an act of vandalism in Chicago. He writes: Eric J. Nordstrom continues documenting the destruction of the Charles Sumner Frost-designed Public Life Insurance Building in Chicago. He took this … Continue reading

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Canada’s best new buildings

Here, in order of presentation in Canadian Architect, the journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, are this year’s winners of the biennial Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. No private houses here – this year’s program celebrates architecture “In … Continue reading

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Review of Siegel’s new book

Charles Siegel’s fascinating little book The Humanists Versus the Reactionary Avant Garde warmed my cockles with its picture of Norman Foster’s Gherkin – 30 St. Mary Axe, on Leadenhall Street – thrusting aggressively above a traditional London streetscape. I thought … Continue reading

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Tilden-Thurber memories

The Tilden-Thurber Building, erected in 1895, designed by Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge, of Boston, was sold last week but remains, so far as I can tell, as it was built, inside and out. Stanley Weiss, the local developer and fine … Continue reading

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A job for new bridge group

The Providence Journal reports that a new organization, Building Bridges Providence, has been formed to push for progress on the long-delayed pedestrian bridge to connect the I-195 development land and its two parks on either side of the Providence River. … Continue reading

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See ‘High Rise’ film trailer

Imagine my thrill at learning today that J.G. Ballard’s suspense novel, High-Rise, depicting what can come of the pressures that build up in the compressed psychosis of a modern residential tower, came out as a film in Britain last year, … Continue reading

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Not the ‘male gaze,’ but …

I know, this may seem to be drilling down more deeply into the sexuality of architecture than most readers of this family blog would like to drill, but I just could not resist. My last post, “Playboy and modernism,” referred … Continue reading

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Playboy and modernism

I am pleased to inform those who love Playboy magazine and revere Hugh Hefner as a paragon of modernity that Architect magazine has an interview with the curator of an exhibit based on research that blames (or maybe I should … Continue reading

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