Thursday, November 20, 2008

Told Beauty

In case you've been sequestered on a jury or dispatched to Siberia for the past week, New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff's excellent feature on Buffalo's architectural treasures, "Saving Buffalo's Untold Beauty," can be read online.

Along with telling the story of Buffalo-as-architectural-museum in a fresh and compelling way, Ouroussoff touches on issues raised by Bruce Fisher's recent Artvoice article
(The President for Cities, cover story for v7n45) when he (Ouroussoff) observes: "At a time when oil prices and oil dependence are forcing us to rethink the wisdom of suburban and exurban living, Buffalo could eventually offer a blueprint for repairing America's other shrinking postindustrial cities." We continue to work on that blueprint, building by building, documenting Buffalo's role as an epicenter for American architecture. Ouroussoff's article should provide a profound boost to the ongoing efforts of many to refine and market this role.

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