Category Archives: civic architecture

RealClearPolitics Profile of My Work for the National Civic Art Society

People Who Hate the Eisenhower Memorial By Matthew Disler – July 19, 2015 RealClearPolitics Tourists milled around the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial last Friday, snapping photos in front of the 30-foot tall granite statue of the civil rights leader … Continue reading

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Speaking in NYC About Federal Architecture on Dec. 17

On December 17 at the National Arts Club in New York, I’m going to be speaking about federal architecture. Here’s the description from the club’s bulletin: Justin Shubow: The Architecture of Democracy Wednesday, December 17, 8:00 PM The General Services … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, civic architecture, classicism, courthouses, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, deconstructionism, deconstructivism, federal architecture, GSA's Design Excellence Program, Guiding Principles of Federal Architecture, HBRA Architects, Morphosis, National Civic Art Society, Pericles, public talks, Thom Mayne, Thomas Beeby | Leave a comment

Video of the National Civic Art Society’s U.S. House Briefing on the Eisenhower Memorial

On July 18, 2014, I spoke at the National Civic Art Society’s U.S. House Briefing on the Eisenhower Memorial. Also speaking were Bruce Cole — former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and President Obama’s appointee to the … Continue reading

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In Which I Persuade the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts

Representing the National Civic Art Society, on November 21, 2013 I testified about the Eisenhower Memorial at the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the aesthetic guardians of Washington, D.C. The text of my speech is below. In the ensuing discussion, … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Krieger, architecture, Bruce Cole, civic architecture, Eisenhower Memorial, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FOIA investigation, Frank Gehry, L'Enfant Plan, McMillan Plan, National Civic Art Society, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Philip Freelon, Rusty Powell, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts | Leave a comment

Speaking About Architecture and Nihilism at the Michael Oakeshott Association Conference on Sept. 28

On Saturday, September 28, 2013, I’ll be giving a talk at the biennial conference of the Michael Oakeshott Association. (Full conference program here.) The theme of the conference, which is being held at Colorado College, is Modernity and Its Discontents. … Continue reading

Posted in architecture, civic architecture, deconstructionism, deconstructivism, Michael Oakeshott, nihilism, political philosophy, vandalism | 2 Comments

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

Posted in architecture, beauty, civic architecture, classicism, congressional testimony, Eisenhower Memorial, Frank Lloyd Wright, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George Washington, historic preservation, Jefferson Memorial, Joseph Hudnut, L'Enfant Plan, Lincoln Memorial, McMillan Plan, Modernism, National Civic Art Society, National Gallery of Art, National Mall, National Park Service, Spirit of the Times, Thomas Jefferson, uncategorized, Washington, D.C. | Leave a comment

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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