Tag Archives: David Brussat

‘Lost Prov’ show at PPL Wed.

Tomorrow the Lost Providence road show will appear at the Providence Public Library for a slide lecture at 6:30 p.m. The real show here, however, is the exterior of the library on Washington Street, which opened in 1900, the balustrade … Continue reading

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Living under bridge now

Seriously, it’s not that bad, but your architectural correspondent was in fact laid off yesterday from his job at the Providence Journal. A newspaper chain recently purchased the paper. Tomorrow’s column will be my last for the Journal. I will … Continue reading

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Shoe slips on other foot

Michael Rouchell sends to TradArch a wonderful sketch of the new addition to the Villa Savoye, Le Corbusier’s pathbreaking modernist house of 1931 in suburban Paris. As intended, the addition raises interesting questions. Modernists are wary of additions to their work in … Continue reading

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Column: The secret to making great streets

The secret to great streets is that there is no secret, that great streets were once the norm, that making them is easy, and that we can have them again, even in America, if we want them. This is the … Continue reading

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Proposed for Benefit Street

Yesterday I posted about several projects in Providence, including an excavation of a front yard at 43 Benefit, the Joseph Jenckes House. I talked to Jason Martin of the city’s planning office and he sent me PDFs of the project, … Continue reading

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“Screams art museum”!

It sure does. That’s a direct quote from Thomas Lenz, head of Harvard Art Museums, intended as praise. The top comment after Harvard Magazine’s article about the Renzo Piano addition to the Fogg Museum of Art was “Is this really the … Continue reading

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Two to watch in Providence

While some people in Providence are upset that the owner of a big house at 200 Hope Street, by Russell Warren, across from the Wheeler School, is to be broken up into apartments, and with no intent to alter the … Continue reading

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Hyperphotography of Jean-Francois Rauzier

Consider this an ad, gratefully posted, for the photographic work of Jean-Francois Rauzier, who once gave me permission to use his “Versailles” (above) with a column. Here is some of his wonderful “hyperphotography,” a sort of detailed architecture montage of … Continue reading

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Excuse my bro’ bias, but …

Here is a comment from my brother Tony. It is a remarkable insight about architecture that might otherwise be embedded (that is, hidden) in an exchange between him and me after my post on Aaron Betsky: Dave, yes, cat’s out … Continue reading

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Column: The easy way to build on R.I.’s assets

Almost all cities and states have policies intended to strengthen their economies by building on their assets. Most fail because they reject easy strategies and embrace difficult strategies. Two recent Commentary pieces in The Providence Journal address this issue: “Wise … Continue reading

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