The Future Was Classical

While I finish writing the Forest Glen essay, please enjoy this alternative scheme to the Mc Millan Commission “Kite” Plan, rendered by arch-traditionalist genius/maniac Leon Krier in 1985.

Theres nothing like a fantastical image to start the weekend
There's nothing like a fantastical image to start the weekend, is there?

You can take a gander at other views of the plan here, although you might be surprised at who owns them.  His explanatory drawings and diagrams offer  dead-on critiques of the City Beautiful and Modernist planning that have turned central DC into a lifeless pile of stuttering architectural gigantism.

2 Comments

  • June 30, 2009 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Krier is amazing and terrifying. Did you see idea for the WTC site in “City Journal”? It should serve as a warning to others.

  • June 30, 2009 - 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t, but could it be much more of a warning than the results of the current design will be? That project will be a lesson in every practice and management class.

    I heard him talking about how September 11th signaled the end of tall buildings, due to security risk, but it seems both inapt and inappropriate now.

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