|Chicago Sun Times|
"In a seven-page draft executive order obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, Trump declares that the federal government since the 1950s has 'largely stopped building beautiful buildings that the American people want to look at or work in.'
"Future federal government buildings, he decrees, should look like those of ancient Rome, Greece and Europe."
“'For too long architectural elites and bureaucrats have derided the idea of beauty, blatantly ignored public opinions on style, and have quietly spent taxpayer money constructing ugly, expensive, and inefficient buildings,' Marion Smith, the society’s chairman, wrote in a text message. 'This executive order gives voice to the 99 percent--the ordinary American people who do not like what our government has been building.'"
The draft is a particularly blatant slap to Mid-Century Brutalism, agreeably a style that provokes heated debate between foes and passionate fans. Needless to say this "draft" decree (which one can only hope is a boondoggle of the current administration) has sparked fierce opposition from groups like the Society for Architectural History.
|Brutalist J. Edgar Hoover Building (1962-70) in Washington, DC (photo by Aude, CC BY-SA 3.0 via WikimediaCommons)|