Category Archives: classicism

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

Posted in civic architecture, classicism, congressional testimony, Eisenhower Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Jr. Memorial, Modernism, monuments, National Capital Planning Commission, National Civic Art Society, World War II Memorial | Leave a comment

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

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

Posted in Alex Krieger, architecture, civic architecture, classicism, deconstructionism, deconstructivism, Eisenhower Memorial, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Frank Gehry, National Civic Art Society, nihilism, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts | 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

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