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September 11, 2002

Free Reads -- Catesby Leigh

Friedrich --

One of the most interesting developments in architecture in recent years has been the resurgence of classical (not just traditional, but actual columns-and-porticoes) architecture. It's also been one of the most unremarked developments, at least so far as the mainstream and official architectural press go.

Catesby Leigh writes about the rebirth of classical architecture for the Weekly Standard, here. It would also be worth buying a copy of the magazine, which includes photos of the buildings discussed.

Sample passage:

The romantic stereotype of the architect as a Promethean genius--a man who invents the terms of his art more or less ex nihilo--has done the profession considerable harm. Most clients haven't much use for visionaries who aspire to erect gigantic upside-down woks. A small number of high-profile jobs allows a well-placed coterie to inflict their "creativity" on the hapless public. But meanwhile, more and more work slips away from architects, as clients get the job done with construction engineers and tradesmen. Add on top of this the preservationists' listing of everything they can get their hands on, and the average architecture-school graduate finds it very hard to be "creative" and make a living.

Some good news: one of the best of the New Classicists has been engaged to build a new $100 million quad at our Lousy Ivy College. I didn't like much about the place but I did think it was pretty, and it's been awful to see the mess the administrators (and their fave postmodern architect) have made of new construction in the years since we left.



posted by Michael at September 11, 2002


And how do you get in touch with the guy? None of his articles seem to have an email address.

Posted by: David on September 2, 2003 4:10 PM

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