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Blogs and opinions from top thinkers in the world of traditional building and architecture.

David Brussat

Assertively Classical: Thomas Gordon Smith at Notre Dame

David Brussat asserts that Thomas Gordon Smith is "Assertively Classical," and adds that classicists as a whole should become more assertive.
Patrick Webb

Roman Cement and Pozzolans

Patrick Webb talks about the secret of Roman Cement, what it's made of, where it's found and why it has lasted so long.
architecture firm chart

The State of Things: January 2017

According to the AIA's recent Architecture Firm Survey Report, “U.S. architecture firms have experienced nearly a full recovery from the Great Recession.”
national cathedral DC

Restoration at the National Cathedral

After an earthquake damaged The National Cathedral in Washington, DC, efforts were taken to repair and strengthen this Gothic masterpiece.
David Brussat

Batman Redesigns Penn Station as a Whale

An outrageous idea to "make America great again" could involve rebuilding the McKim's Pennsylvania Station in NYC.
Vincent Michael

The Problem of the House Museum

Vincent Michael explains that while house museums been around for a while, they have never been able to support themselves.
Charleston City Jail. Natural Cement over Brick Masonry circa 1888

Natural Cement: An Oldie but a Goodie

Patrick Webb continues his discussion of plaster with a look at natural cement and how it has contributed to the modern, industrial world.
Pennsylvania Station

To Transform Penn Station, Madison Square Garden Must Move!

Clem Labine takes a look at the future of NYC's Pennsylvania Station and says that Madison Square Garden must move if we are to have a viable station.
adams-birthplace

Presidential Birthplaces: From Humble Beginnings to Greatness

Wealth and privilege does not always equal greatness. This Election Day, we took a look at some of our favorite presidential birthplaces.
David Brussat on townhouse

Explosive Preservationists in Manhattan Debate Townhouse

Preservationists and modernists have different ideas about how to rebuild a historic townhouse that was destroyed in an explosion.
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