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Architecture Du Jour: Park Slope, Brooklyn

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

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Architects and the “Vision” Thing

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via Wired, architects Vishaan Chakrabarti and Gregg Pasquarelli discuss how they would improve New York City: I agree with a couple of their suggestions: more crosstown connections (particularly a crosstown subway) would be nice and fewer cars would be appreciated … Continue reading

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Listing Books: Anti-Modernism

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It’s funny how after over a century of a near-stranglehold on elite sensibilities, modernism refuses to give an inch in the art world. Whether in novels, gallery art, architecture, fashion, or music, the implicit (or even at times, … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Stairs

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

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Architects That Don’t Suck: John Gaw Meem

Blowhard, Esq. writes: John Gaw Meem — native of Brazil, an amateur architect trained as a civil engineer — popularized the Pueblo Revival style in New Mexico. This 1992 New York Times article, which notes that Meem “married the spirit of native pueblo … Continue reading

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Restore, Don’t Redesign, Pershing Square

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Today the L.A. City Council announced an international competition to redesign Pershing Square located in the heart of downtown. The existing design by AIA Gold Medal winner Ricardo Legorreta, which dates from 1994, has been widely hated for … Continue reading

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Edges, Pointiness, Minimalism and Public Seating

Paleo Retiree writes: On a beautiful recent day, my wife and I treated ourselves to a long, leisurely walk — first through the West Village, then down along Hudson River Park, and finally through and beyond Battery Park Marina. The red line shows our … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A courtyard I stumbled across at Barnard College, on Broadway across the street from Columbia University. Click on the images to enlarge.

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Ideas So Stupid Only An Intellectual Would Believe Them, A Continuing Series

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via this essay, time to add another entry to my Enemies List — David Shields: These books made David Shields’s “Reality Hunger” (2010) seem prescient. An earnest “manifesto” against the traditional novel (which Shields finds “unbelievably predictable, tired, … Continue reading

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Architects That Don’t Suck: David M. Schwarz

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In this first installment of Architects That Don’t Suck, I’d like to highlight the work of Washington D.C.-based architect David M. Schwarz. Hey, whaddya know — not all contempo architects specialize in gleaming modernist geegaws. Some builders out … Continue reading

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