Category Archives: Architecture & the Built Environment


by on March 28th, 2014

Conservatives who reject modern architecture have reasons to do so. Traditional architecture is predicated on the ideal of beauty as an objective reality, while modernism exalts subjective preferences.

by on February 21st, 2014

The enduring values in which conservatives believe—beauty among them—are more multifaceted and surprising than we sometimes give them credit for. Beauty does not always follow rules, and it is often found in unexpected places and patterns.

by on May 8th, 2013

The proposed design for the Eisenhower Memorial should be rejected for one that accords with our capital’s classical tradition of architecture and with the nature of monuments themselves—to make a simple, clear statement easily accessible to the public. Adapted from testimony given before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

by on January 17th, 2013

The plan of our nation’s capital and the architecture of its core buildings and monuments must carry on the classical vision the Founders intended as the physical manifestation of America’s form of government and political ideals.

by on November 22nd, 2011

Contemporary architecture is profoundly anti-natural.

by on September 12th, 2011

What makes September 11th worthy of public memorializing is that it was not only an event in the lives of these individuals and their families; it was an event in the life of the American nation, an attack aimed at the American nation.

by on July 13th, 2011

Arguments for traditional urbanism are de facto truth claims about nature and human nature, and point to and are supported by the natural law. Why we can and should think normatively about our building patterns. Part two of two.

by on July 11th, 2011

Arguments for traditional urbanism are de facto truth claims about nature and human nature, and point to and are supported by the natural law. Why we can and should think normatively about our building patterns. Part one of two.

by on June 3rd, 2011

Zoning codes used to favor settlement patterns scaled for human beings. No longer.

by on April 20th, 2011

Virtue can only be lived out in communities. But which communities are best suited to promoting virtue?

by on November 11th, 2010

An exhibition by contemporary artist Enrique Martínez Celaya at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (on view through November 23rd) is a unique chance to contrast the uncertainty of our own age with the New Medievalism of the great American architect, Ralph Adams Cram.

by on November 3rd, 2010

The public spaces where we live and work and relax have a real, if subtle, impact on how each of us experiences and reflects on our world.

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by Jean Lloyd on December 10th, 2014
May I make two requests? Love me, but remember that you cannot be more merciful than God. It isn’t mercy to affirm same-sex acts as good. Don’t compromise truth; help me to live in harmony with it.
by Janna Darnelle on September 22nd, 2014
The push to present a positive image of same-sex families has hidden the devastation on which many are built. We must stand for marriage—and for the precious lives that marriage creates.
by Adelaide Mena, Caitlin Seery La Ruffa on July 16th, 2014
The sexual assault epidemic on college campuses is created, in part, by the effects of the hook-up culture. The first in a two-part series.
by Rachel Sheffield on May 30th, 2014
If healthy marriage is the basis of a strong society, it is worth every effort to strengthen it. Marriage education should supplement other efforts to address social problems.
by Ana Samuel on December 5th, 2013
The home and the office pull in opposite directions, but modern mothers can assemble a team on both ends of the rope to help them manage that tension—and they can learn to thrive in the process.

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