Government And Architecture
"'Civic Spirit: Changing the Course of Federal Design,' on view through Nov. 10 at the Center for Architecture in Manhattan, traces the history of that ambitious 10-year undertaking. The exhibition suggests what can happen when a government bureaucracy operates with a modicum of aesthetic awareness. Of the 19 projects in the show, many are first-rate;some rank among the great examples of American civic architecture as important, in our day, as the neo-Classical monuments of a century ago.
But just as much of the work is second-rate. And what makes the show intriguing is how it exposes the obstacles to maintaining a high level of government architecture in this country today."
Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan