Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Nathan Glazer is right

Writing in his poignant book From a Cause to a Style, the eminent Harvard sociologist Nathan Glazer sums up our architectural predicament with sobriety:
"We can preserve the buildings of the past. We can't build them again. The language of the past can be admired and studied; its loss can be, and is, regretted; but too much has changed for it to serve us today. We are suspended between a language that cannot be used and a language - the language of modernism - that is unsatisfying for major public [and, I insert, religious] purposes, but for which we have no replacement."
But there is hope:
"It think the first steps toward a more satisfactory language have been taken. We have developed a proper respect for the achievements in public building of the past..."
And so, let's start a blog devoted to appreciating the great, and at this point unrepeatable achievements of North American church architecture. Oh wait, we already did.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Check out what Lance has done to Oklahoma City using the flickr tag feature (scroll over the image).