Architecture’s slap in Charleston’s face

Architecture Here and There

Clemson University's proposed school of architecture in Charleston. Clemson University’s proposed school of architecture in Charleston.

Last week, Charleston, S.C., gave Clemson University the city’s official blessing to poke a stick in its own eye.

Unless blocked in court, a school of architecture, modernist in design, will be built amidst the city’s historic district. In the face of the entire community’s revulsion, expressed over a period of years, the board even let the university nix a nearby location that would have offended nobody’s sensibilities.

A Charleston firm, Bevan & Libertos, has executed two traditional counterproposals that should be considered if the modernist design by Brad Cleopfil, of Allied Works in Portland, Ore., gets the heave-ho it deserves.

[To read the rest of this column, please visit The Providence Journal.]

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