10 Myths About Contemporary Sacred Architecture

by Duncan Stroik 1. The Second Vatican Council requires us to reject traditional church architecture and design new churches in a Modernist style. This myth is based more on what Roman Catholics have built during the past thirty years than on what the Church has taught. Even by professional accounts, the church architecture of the…

Now Online: Classicist Journal Issues 11 & 12

  Classicist, No. 12 The latest edition of the Classicist journal includes a roundtable discussion of Heterodoxia Architectonica, as well as articles by George Saumarez Smith on “The Space between the Orders: The Classical Landscape,” Calder Loth on “An Order for America: The Scamozzi Ionic Capital,” and Jonathan Foyle on “Stowe House,” among others. Edited…

(Modern) Architecture Continues To Implode: More Insiders Admit The Profession Is Failing

“Architecture is suffering a crisis of confidence. More and more mainstream figures in the field are admitting that the profession has lost its way,” writes Justin Shubow in an article recently published by Forbes. Shubow discusses at length how the approach taken by so-called modern architects and the recent campaign by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) continues…

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,…