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Re: “The proposed Clemson Architecture Center is already behind the times

With 2 degrees in architecture, it is disappointing that the author hasn't looked more deeply into the construction methods and design of this proposal. She might be surprised by what isn't so obvious from the renderings...

'homogenization, abstraction, and standardization' is not quite how I would think one would describe curving structural concrete walls? It seems like this author is describing the bland Neo-colonial type buildings of the last couple decades seen all over the country. These buildings have been a disservice to the quality of historic structures in our city, and a blight on the perception of contemporary design. These ugly ducklings bring nothing to the conversation in terms of design style or sustainability, and are in sharp contrast to this proposal. A quick glance across George St in the picture above shows a building that is a more deserving recipient of this article; oddly enough it would have a smoother ride through the BAR and public discourse if built today.

Unfortunately this article reads more like a rant then a sensical discussion of the proposed project. Even her descriptions of her education credentials seem contrived.

17 of 33 people like this.
Posted by CCB on December 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Re: “How we can improve the Board of Architectural Review process

Expanded documentation is always a worthwhile objective in increasing our knowledge of the city, and bringing the resources that are available to historic districts on the National Register to a larger portion of the city is long overdue.
The B.A.R. process is surprisingly open, anyone can walk in and give their input on projects no matter how minor or off topic. Often, it is these conversations the distract from more important issues. We should be thankful, as most places don't allow nearly this type of transparency.
We as citizens should be more concerned with quality construction and poor planing/zoning than a particular style. A majority of the characteristics that make Charleston so enjoyable are actually contrary to current zoning regulations, and many historic buildings were a 'new' style at the time they were built.

3 of 6 people like this.
Posted by CCB on November 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM
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