Fake President wants architecture to move back before democracy, voting rights, an educated populace

A modest example of Trumpler architecture

President Trump is planning on “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again” with an executive order that would make a classical style the default for federal buildings in Washington and other parts of the country, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The draft order would encourage Greek and Roman architectural designs instead of modern architecture. The order is expected to go in front of Trump next month…

“For too long architectural elites and bureaucrats have derided the idea of beauty, blatantly ignored public opinions on style, and have quietly spent taxpayer money constructing ugly, expensive, and inefficient buildings,” Marion Smith, head of the National Civic Art Society, wrote in a text message to the Times.

Smith told The Hill that the order is “a great step forward” in revising the GSA design process and “protecting the classical design of Washington, D.C.,” which has had “bipartisan consensus…for hundreds of years.”

The order would implement a “re-beautification” committee to discuss designs, but the White House would ultimately decide which style is approved. Proposed modern designs would have to reach a higher bar to obtain approval…

The American Institute of Architects has encouraged members to speak out against the order and sign a petition condemning the “top-down approach” of regulating design.

What? You expected a megalomaniac – no conscience, no respect for education, little comprehension of history [especially gross errors] – to take time off from trying to reshape this nation to suit the taste of fascist father-figures.

4 thoughts on “Fake President wants architecture to move back before democracy, voting rights, an educated populace

  1. Gleichschaltung says:

    “Nazi Architecture as Affective Weapon” by Gastón Gordillo, professor in anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Turkey Architecture News – Feb 2, 2014 https://worldarchitecture.org/architecture-news/pvncp/nazi-architecture-as-affective-weapon.html

    Albert Speer, “The Führer’s Buildings” (“Die Bauten des Führers,” Adolf Hitler. Bilder aus dem Leben des Führers) 1936, pp. 72-77) https://research.calvin.edu/german-propaganda-archive/ahbuild.htm

  2. Santayana says:

    “The modern era has done nothing to increase the cultural level of our big cities. All the glory and treasures of our cities are the inheritance of the past.
    Our big cities today have no towering monuments that dominate the area and that are symbols of their era. The cities of antiquity were different. Each has a particular monument in which it took pride. The character of the cities of antiquity came not from private buildings, rather from the community’s buildings which were constructed not for their age, but for eternity. They reflected not the wealth of a single owner, but the greatness and significance of the community.
    The Germanic Middle Ages exemplified the same principle, though in a different artistic form. The Gothic cathedral fulfilled the same purpose as the Acropolis or the Pantheon.
    If Berlin were to suffer the fate of Rome, posterity would think the characteristic expressions of our culture to be the department stores of some Jews or the hotels of some businessmen.
    Our cities today lack a towering symbol of the community, and one cannot therefore be surprised that one’s own city also lacks such a symbol.”
    Adolph Hitler, as quoted by Albert Speer in ““The Führer’s Buildings” (1936)
    See also Hitler’s Speech at the Opening of the “Great German Art Exhibition” in the House of German Art, Munich (July 18, 1937), in Völkischer Beobachter, July 19, 1937 http://ghdi.ghi-dc.org/sub_document.cfm?document_id=1577

  3. Update says:

    (12/21/20): “Trump issues order to demand new US federal buildings be ‘beautiful’ : Long-expected executive order disparages architectural modernism but critics say Trump’s decree ‘mostly symbolic’” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/21/trump-executive-order-federal-buildings “…the order also establishes a “President’s Council on Improving Federal Civic Architecture”, meant to police if not forbid outright any federal project “that diverges from the preferred architecture set forth in … this order, including brutalist or deconstructivist architecture or any design derived from or related to these types of architecture”.”
    Meanwhile “Atlantic City Is Offering Bidders The Chance To Blow Up A Former Trump Casino” https://www.npr.org/2020/12/17/947540932/atlantic-city-is-offering-bidders-the-chance-to-blow-up-a-former-trump-casino

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