Classicists at the Gates

Both classicist architects and some of their more pragmatic Chicago counterparts have a weakness for returning to the past, but their approaches couldn't be more different.

"At its best, however, the new classicism transcends its fetishes and addresses the problem of restoring livability to our cities. Leon Krier, perhaps the most famous classicist architect and the first Driehaus winner, has attacked the way conventional zoning, in often restricting entire districts to a single purpose--industry here, offices there, residential here--creates balkanized “lights-out” districts that become unsafe ghost towns at the close of the business day. The rebirth of Chicago’s Loop was brought about by an opposite strategy--a huge infusion of new residential development into the downtown business district."

Thanks to Lynn Becker

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