The campaign against degeneracy

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Re: The campaign against degeneracy

Post by Tom »

I would like to see the arguments the Dreihaus group use to justify this proposal.
I don't see this group making this move without being very well prepared legally.
Anybody seen anything on this?
There must be something like a legal brief and position paper - no?

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Re: The campaign against degeneracy

Post by DRN »

In my email this AM:
Last February, AIA members sent more than 11,400 letters to the White House condemning the mandated designation of "classical" architecture as the preferred style for all federal courthouses, all federal public buildings in the Capital region, and all other federal public buildings with an anticipated cost exceeding $50 million. Additionally, on February 6 and February 20, AIA leadership issued letters to the Trump administration strongly opposing the proposed order.

Our team has stayed connected to this issue, and AIA recently received confirmation from White House staff that the administration may soon release the executive order as a final order. In anticipation of a final order, on July 13, 2020, Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-1) introduced the “Democracy in Design Act” (H.R. 7604).

This legislation would override the executive order by directing “the Administrator of General Services to ensure that the construction and acquisition of public buildings in the United States adhere to the Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture.” These guidelines, developed in 1962, establish a framework for design excellence driven by the unique conditions of each locale.

Congress has the power to ensure this executive order never takes effect – it is critical that we show our support for this legislation. Please contact your Member of Congress NOW and ask them to co-sponsor the “Democracy in Design Act” to stop this one-size-fits-all federal mandate on design

Timothy Hawk, FAIA

Chair, AIA Government Advocacy Committee ... in-design-

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Re: The campaign against degeneracy

Post by Roderick Grant »

A bit of "shutting the barn door...." Look at the entire history of government (federal, state, local) buildings. What percentage of them are classical, and what percentage, even since 1962, "adhere to the Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture"? How many guided by the Guiding Principles over the age of 20 are still highly regarded or even given a nod? Though only a mere municipal office building, is the Portland Building that raised Michael Graves' stature still regarded as an excellent design driven by the unique conditions of its locale? Wasn't the Kennedy Center was built according to the '62 standards? Is that massive pile an example of excellent architecture? Ada Louise Huxtable called the 600-foot long entrance gallery the largest whore house in the world. Government at every level has exactly the qualities that FLW claimed. No matter what constraints are placed on government, it always finds a way to settle for the lowest common denominator. It would be fine and dandy to put the great architects in charge of public buildings, but considering history, no matter what legislation is passed, it is unlikely to happen.

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