Category Archives: Postmodernism

The skill of Romaldo Giurgola

For those of you who don’t know him, Romaldo Giurgola is a tremendously skilled architect with a career that spans back to the 1950s to the present. Giurgola is well-known for his breaking with the Modernist pack in the 60s in favor of a more Frank Lloyd Wright-esque, quiet, contextual Modernism. Giurgola is no Robert Venturi; he did not abandon Modernism. Rather, he practiced it uniquely and with tremendous skill.

Not a great photo, but you get the idea.

Here we have Giurgola’s Lang Music Building at Swarthmore College, one of the campus’s highlights. This quiet building is pulled off with exceptional skill inside and out. It manages to be unassuming but memorable, subtle but affecting.

More about the Lang Building and Giurgola after the break. Continue reading

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Crosbie gets it wrong in the Courant

In an October 2 op-ed in the Hartford Courant, architect and chair of the University of Hartford department of architecture Michael J. Crosbie gets modernism seriously wrong. Continue reading for the full breakdown. Continue reading

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