How to Rebuild Architecture

IN architecture, everyone’s a critic. One of us, Steven, was recently driving down Elliott Avenue in Charlottesville, Va., his hometown, with his 88-year-old mother. They passed a house designed and built by architecture students at the University of Virginia. To Steven, an architect, this model for affordable housing — a tough pair of stacked boxes, sheathed in corrugated metal — was a bold design statement. But to his mother’s eye, the house was a blight on the landscape, an insult to its historic neighbors.

“It looks like somebody piled a couple of boxcars on top of each other, then covered them up with cheap metal and whatever else they could find at the junkyard!” she said.

Courtesy of Olivier Schrauwen - New York Times

Courtesy of Olivier Schrauwen – New York Times

Read Steven Bingler and Martin C. Pedersen’s full article in the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/opinion/how-to-rebuild-architecture.html?emc=eta1&_r=1#permid=13599017