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Architects need ‘better ways to engage the public’: Rowan Moore on Trump’s classical architecture order – Archinect

Posted: December 31, 2020 at 1:50 am


Pictured: exterior detail of the United States IRS building in Washington D.C. Photo: Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress.

In fact, America has beautiful and popular non-traditional structures the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and it has crude and soulless classical buildings. Unfortunately, the authors of the order are not completely wrong when they say that some architects have ignored public feeling. The Guardian

Rowan Moore, architecture critic at The Observer, responds to last week's presidential executive order that makes classical and traditional architecture the preferred style for federal buildings.

"If architects dont want to give ammunition to the repressive thinking behind this order," Moore writes, "they have to show that there are better ways to engage the public."

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Architects need 'better ways to engage the public': Rowan Moore on Trump's classical architecture order - Archinect

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