The Wolfe of Walmer Street.

Reading Tom Wolfe’s short book entitled “From Bauhaus to Our House” was a most unexpected delight for this traditional architect on his holidays. Quite the juxtaposition to read about architectural intrigue in 1970s’ New York as I sat overlooking the Indian Ocean on a bright autumnal day in South Africa. Written almost 40 years ago, …

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Modernism and Me

I've always found language difficult, with my brain running too fast for my mouth or in this case my keyboard. I'm mentally worn out from blogging about classicism and modernism over the past few months and I would much rather express myself by making or doing something practical. So why do I put myself through …

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Small Steps and Giant Leaps (Part 2)

Staying motivated about anything over time is always difficult; we get distracted and bored and we all tend to assume that everyone else must be having a better time of it than ourselves. Staying motivated as a classical architect is much harder still, as the usual benefits such as income and recognition are not as …

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Small Steps and Giant Leaps (Part 1)

Before returning to the “Reclaiming Classicism” blogs I want to take stock of where we are at; to look at the big picture of where traditional and classical architecture now sits in the overall architectural world. Challenges From what I can see, a traditional architectural renaissance is definitely happening but it is slow and only …

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Who to blame for epic architecture fails?

No-one sets out to deliberately cause a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire. Our sense of helplessness is rightly expressed through the desire to find the answers and to find blame for those at fault. But these answers will be hard to find and blame even more difficult because a multitude of seemingly innocuous actions …

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Selling Tradition in the Age of Obfuscation

As if writing well researched and strongly argued pieces about the intellectual and creative merits of traditional architecture wasn't hard enough, it's the promotional and educational side of things that is even more difficult as the very concept of promotion, of getting traditional architecture noticed by others goes against its’ grain and purpose. Teaching is …

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Grafton Architects and GUBU Architecture

This morning I saw that David Brussat has published a small piece about Grafton Architecture’s Lima building. It is a building which has been given the award of “Best New Building in the World” by RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects. I first heard about this award back in November; it was the day …

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