Author Archives: Justin Shubow

Lambasting Gehry’s Ike Memorial as the Architect Looked On

Here’s the National Civic Art Society’s press release regarding my July 18, 2013 testimony to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. My speech was quoted by the Associated Press, U.S. News, and the Washington Times. Curbed blogged about it under … Continue reading

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Why Congress Should Support a New Eisenhower Memorial

On March 19 2013, in front of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, I testified along with Rep. Darrell Issa on a bill to scrap Gehry’s design for the National Eisenhower Memorial. The New York Times and … Continue reading

Posted in American Institute of Architects (AIA), civic architecture, congressional testimony, deconstructionism, deconstructivism, Eisenhower Memorial, Fiske Kimball, Frank Gehry, harmony, Henry M. Shrady, Jefferson Memorial, Modernism, monuments, National Civic Art Society, Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, United Airlines Flight 93 Memorial | Tagged , | Leave a comment

We Must Preserve the Founders’ Classical Vision for Our Nation’s Capital

Below is an essay I published in Public Discourse last month. It is an adaptation of the June 1, 2012 testimony I delivered before the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands on “The Future of the … Continue reading

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Speaking in Front of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society at UVA 2/1

On Friday February 2, 2013, I’ll be giving a talk about Frank Gehry’s design for the planned Eisenhower Memorial to the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society at the University of Virginia. The society, which claims to be the “oldest continuously … Continue reading

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Classical Architecture Inspires a Return to Beauty in Classical Music

Goethe famously said that “Architecture is music frozen in time.” Expressing that literally, Le Corbusier and composer Iannis Xenakis co-designed the Philips Pavilion for Expo ’58 in Brussels.  In particular, the hyperboloid building, shaped like a stomach, was inspired by … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, beauty, classicism, Edgard Varèse, Iannis Xenakis, Le Corbusier, McKim Mead & White, Modernism, music | 3 Comments