November 1, 2023

The Necessity of Civic Art to Civic Virtue Statues, Monuments, Memorials, Songs and Stories Necessary to Virtue Civi et Reipublicae, “For the benefit of the Citizen and the State.”   Can there be Civic Virtue without Civic Art, the stories, symbols, memorials that urge citizens to courage, excellence, honor, and service? No.  And yet Republicans,…

February 1, 2022

Do you recognize your neighbors, I wonder.  Neighbors who I have known for months, years, decades are changing into a people I do not recognize.  No, not merely the bandit masks that disguise faces, nor the isolated eye that shows fear or anger, even unto the strange attitude of the knotted brow, but that deeper…

October 15, 2021

As for myself, I cannot imagine the Mid-Century Modern sans steel and glass.  Steel, glass, and technology is the sine qua non of the old-fashioned “Modern“.  And, steel and glass, and energy-efficiency is the sine qua non of the new modern.*  Trouble is, the old steel and glass are expensive, mostly energy consuming … ever…

Realism Attacked
October 1, 2021

Equity Diversity Inclusion: Firmness, Commodity, and Slight of Phrase   “Equity diversity inclusion” is a pretty little phrase, quaint, nice and polite, well suited to swimsuit contests, campus riots, and advertising campaigns.  We find this fawning phrase graphicly projected on smart boardroom screens, carelessly taped to smudgy coffeehouse windows, and boldly italicized upon preachy university…

Pliny, Beautiful Living
September 15, 2021

Civic Art: The Progressive or the Classive   Remarks Delivered at the Cosmos, Club, Washington, D.C., 14 September, 2021: Progressive, or Classive Civic Art? When asked to join this panel, I wondered: “What might I, an old craftsman, contribute to a discussion of architecture and urbanism.  Yes, I’ve tinkered with civic planning, designed some little…

August 1, 2021

Perhaps your school-desk was alike my school-desk covered edge-to-edge in sketches.  The desk surface, as you know, is an almost perfect blank canvas, a clean slate, a tabula rasa*, of sorts, where knowledge acquired might be reflected eye to mind to hand, to nun who might correct wayward drawing knuckles with a smart, wood-ruler, snap,…

Realism Attacked
May 1, 2021

The God of War; May 1, International Workers Day, and Other Considerations When next you float down Yangtze River through Jingzhou City, likely you will notice Guan Yu, God of War, looking rather ambitious, rather restless; at 190 feet in height, a bit imposing, at 1,320 tons, quite a bit threatening, a person out-of-place at…

April 13, 2021

The history of the American home is the story of the American Dream, beautiful, abiding, good:“The Beautiful Home” tells this story.   The history of the American home is the story of the American Dream, our story, the story of us, a people beautiful, good, true, and sometimes, silly.  The Beautiful Home, introduced today, 13…

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