make federal buildings ____ again

Posted: February 9th, 2020 | No Comments »

there are so many depressing things these days, but i oddly found this especially so:

An executive order drafted by the Trump administration under the title “Make Federal Buildings Great Again” would require that “the classical architectural style shall be the preferred and default style” for new government buildings, according to the publication Architectural Record. The proposed order has been criticised by architectural experts and would fly in the face of the US government’s existing Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture, which explicitly state that “an official style must be avoided” and that “design must flow from the architectural profession to the Government, and not vice versa”.

you can write a letter to the president about this policy here, and think of this as you’re writing:

“My concern is that, more than it is a rule to require classical architecture, it’s a rule with the goal of excluding modern architecture,” [Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul] Goldberger adds. “Many policies that we’re seeing now seem to be about exclusion, and now it’s in the realm of architecture. It’s a terrible mistake and it’s inconsistent with an enlightened, liberal democracy.”

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