Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Local Architecture Lacking

According to Benjamin Briggs,

[B]oth of [Raleigh and Charlotte] are far ahead of Greensboro in understanding the power of architecture and good design. Raleigh has developed an appreciation of architecture in being the home of the NCSU School of Design since 1948. Charlotte was hit over the head with the importance of good design with architect Robert A. M. Stern’s 1986 proclamation that Queen City was “the ugliest collection of third-rate buildings in America.” Through the years, the press in both cities has cultivated a population that has an appreciation of architecture and design. In contrast, the Greensboro News and Record has provided little coverage on design issues, focusing instead on historic preservation (and often on the conflicts therein).


Anonymous said...

Perhaps the N&R doesn't want to draw attention to the fact that their own facilities are quite uninspiring to look at, and a very inefficient use of what would be about 6 city blocks by most city grids.

David Wharton said...

That IS a pretty aweful building, but i doubt that's why they don't cover architecture and design.

They just don't have the staff to do it.