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America's Mega-Mansions and Micro-Cribs Grow Farther Apart

Commented Nov 3, 2011 at 09:55:57 in Business

“Fred, Good to see you taking on this topic. Maybe it is best to focus on the quality of the housing, or if people have housing at all. Do agree that a new "green building," particularly one built on a far off lot in the exurbs, doesn't logically contribute to our environmental and cultural sustainability.”
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City Shaping IV: Can Target Right What Minneapolis Is About to Ruin?

Commented Oct 24, 2011 at 20:33:57 in Arts

“Great comments. We are rapidly losing the urban environments that create distinctive places for people to enjoy. So many of these plazas and fountains have been flattened out, replaced by areas that don't rise to the level of design that we have at Peavey Plaza. It might seem like just another demo, but when we add these up, there is real damage to the integrity of the 20th century American collection of cultural landscapes.”
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Rediscovering the Road to the Sustainable City

Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 13:53:53 in Green

“Charles, interesting comments and good timing. I just moved to Orlando from San Rafael, CA, or, in other words, from a walkable, dense community, to one that was just declared the most hazardous for the pedestrian in the US (in NY Times today). I am an architectural historian, so am still pondering the mysteries of how planners can come into a community like the suburbs of Orlando, and "fix" some of these places. Looks like they are starting the process here, but it will be slow going.”
Nostalgia 2.0: Has Historic Preservation Become a Spectator Sport?

Nostalgia 2.0: Has Historic Preservation Become a Spectator Sport?

Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 08:53:05 in Arts

“Charles, great article. The spectators are the ones aiming the critical barbs at people who do participate. Many of us started at the grassroots level and still work actively with communities that care about their historic sites. I do appreciate that Koolhaas and others are paying attention. It is a first step and can help us make our preservation arguments more compelling and inclusive.”
10 Icons Of Modern Architecture (PHOTOS)

10 Icons Of Modern Architecture (PHOTOS)

Commented Aug 12, 2011 at 11:44:35 in Arts

“I think understanding the gist of the article here is more important than dissecting the List of 10 Icons. This pattern of under-inclusion of Modernist Monuments is a problem internationally. The US National Register of Historic Places counts less than 3% of its listings as "Modern," which can include buildings that are nearly 90 years old by now (thinking back to Neutra's Jardinette Apartments of 1927). We tend to stick to the "50 Year Rule" to establish significance, but that period now reaches to 1961 and the clock keeps moving forward.”
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When Is a Landmark A Landmark?

Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 16:01:08 in New York

“Roberta really hit the mark with this article. Going through the process to nominate, determine, and establish a landmark building is not easy. When the governing agency then allows changes to the building that diminish the character-defining features, there is a loss for everyone--the historians and scholars who dedicate their time to the research, and the public, who then find that piece-by-piece their historic surroundings are diminished. And, BTW, Modernism, particularly post-WWII Modernism, is as American as apple pie and deserves a respected place within our proud lineage of distinctive architecture.”