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Re: “Contemporary Love

Bravos to Edwin Skipek for his penetrating satire in Style Weekly’s Design Issue! “Did Richmond’s architectural thinking stop in the early 20th century?” Three residences illustrate the answer, No! But beware, he tells us, because the result is barbaric intrusions in our graceful city! To the list of horrors he could have added the Richmond Times-Dispatch building, the Police Headquarters, and the Library’s main branch. How about the sterile concrete and glass box that was oh so carefully attached to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts? And what of the forthcoming next gift of the modern tastemakers, Virginia Commonwealth University’s carefully molded tin can that will display contemporary art? A city can tolerate a few such failures and follies, but Skipek’s warning is clear: present policies cannot prevent modern architects from replacing the graceful traditional city with what becomes the detritus of quickly outdated in-your-face modern fashions. There will always be new fashions in art, but giving modern architects free reign will leave very few carefully protected decent, pleasant, and attractive streets, neighborhoods, and districts and the rare ensembles such as the campus of The University of Richmond where the new is traditional and not modern.

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Posted by cwestfal on 02/14/2015 at 4:46 PM

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