I recently came across an enjoyable blog called Buildings are Cool by architect Steve Ramos. In his most recent post Steve covered the hurricane-like effect that Andres Duany recently brought to Charleston.
Duany is a world renowned ‘new urbanist’ Architect. Charleston garners prominence for its authentic style of buildings, including the famed Charleston single house.
It seems like a match made in heaven, right? As it turns out… not so much.
From Steve’s blog, here a few highlights:
- Architects who only want to design buildings that say “look at me” have contempt for the community.
- NIMBYs and preservationists in Charleston (and elsewhere I presume) are intent on creating a ‘Geriatric Monoculture.’
- Traffic problems? Not for Andres, who claims traffic problems are unsolvable and “arguing about traffic is beneath our intelligence.”
- The only people who stand to gain from more convenient parking are “parasitic suburbanites.”
Classic stuff. And, truth be told, I am 99% sure he LIKES Charleston!
For anyone who knows or has worked with Andres you realize early on that he revels in diagnosing problems of all shapes and sizes wherever he goes. His critical eye goes to many unnoticed facets of a community and his ability to uncompromisingly describe challenges is without match in my experience.
You can read the rest of Steve’s excellent blog, The Week of Duany, here.