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

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.
Traditional Building Conference

Spend this fall learning with Traditional Building – Online and In Person!

Earn AIA Learning Units at these free webinars and at this winter's Traditional Building Conference, December 6-7, 2016, in Washington, DC.
David Brussat

The Providence Arcade Survives as Oldest U.S. Mall

David Brussat described the oldest mall in the U.S. in this blog, which is an excerpt from his upcoming book, Lost Providence.
fort in Albania, changing political climates

Changing Political Climates and Architecture

Our peripatetic contributing editor offers insights on how changing political climates can affect architecture.
Patrick Webb

Natural Hydraulic Limes: A Plaster in a League of its Own

What distinguishes Natural Hydraulic Lime (NHL) from lime in general?
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