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February 07, 2008

Architecture Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Witold Rybczynski asks a sensible question: Are avant-garde architects really ahead of their time? "The truth is that buildings belong firmly to their own time," writes Rybczynski. "This is especially true of architecture that self-consciously attempts to predict the future." (Link thanks to Mike Snider.)

* Speaking of absurd architecture, it's always good fun to check in with James Kunstler's Eyesore of the Month. I complained back here about how blindingly shiney many modern buildings are.

* Valerie Easton confesses that she was inspired to write about gardens when she read Christopher Alexander's "A Pattern Language." A lot of people have found "A Pattern Language" to be very inspiring.

* Here's a hyper-condensed (as in, it shouldn't take you more than two minutes to flip through it) look at the Alexander approach.

* Charlton Griffin turned up this haunting guide to some of the former Soviet Union's abandoned structures.

* Thanks to Michael Bierut for pointing out an Esquire article about the worst building in the world.

* Dave Lull turns up a good Noah Waldman essay for First Principles about the meaning of the classical-architecture revival. What's it all about? And why is it happening now?

* Katie Hutchison pens an ode to a lovely porch, suggests tackling the infrastructure first, and researches Samuel McIntire, a Salem, Mass., neoclassical master.



posted by Michael at February 7, 2008


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