Archinect - News 2014-04-19T13:11:59-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/38408880/american-icons-monticello American Icons: Monticello Archinect 2012-02-17T14:46:00-05:00 >2012-02-19T18:44:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/13/133aabb5f452551f4d7b53ffc0e4b117.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Monticello is home renovation run amok. Thomas Jefferson was as passionate about building his house as he was about founding the United States; he designed Monticello to the fraction of an inch and never stopped changing it. Yet Monticello was also a plantation worked by slaves, some of them Jefferson&rsquo;s own children. Today his white and black descendants still battle over who can be buried at Monticello. It was trashed by college students, saved by a Jewish family, and celebrated by FDR.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/14299422/architecture-of-the-absurd Architecture of the Absurd Archinect 2011-07-22T19:07:53-04:00 >2011-07-22T19:07:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/ae1e725d6b1bd71597874f35d0e90596.jpg" width="200" height="167" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Star architects such as Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, and Daniel Leibiskind have created sensations with singular, unconventional designs that look (and sometimes are) unbuildable. John Silber thinks that&rsquo;s a problem. He&rsquo;d like to see our buildings showing less individualism, more standards. Silber is the former president of Boston University and the author of Architecture of the Absurd: How &ldquo;Genius&rdquo; Disfigured a Practical Art.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>