Thursday, March 22, 2012

News, news, and more news.

It's been a while since I've posted here, not that many people care.

But I'm still here and I'm not going anywhere.

Tim Tebow might join the Packers, that might be great.

Rowan Williams is stepping down, or becoming a Master at Cambridge at any rate.

Greece flounders and Italy remains the same

Germany just seems to be playing the same game

France is having an election and maybe so are we

But you wouldn't know it here in Italy

There are hints of wars and we despair of peace

And Uganda is exploited, will that never cease?

What's the quickest way to make money, apparently not architecture

A video on Youtube or a boundary pushing lecture

Reverse the teachings of a two millennium Church

You'll end up leaving the world in the lurch.

Abominations abound, and the Pope gets older

And they just keep piling the blame on his shoulder

An empire is tottering like all the ones before it

And I'm not sure we can afford to ignore it.


Stick around. Well see what comes of it all

Cause the last Word, like the first Word is never the Fall.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy Birthday

Today is the 200th birthday of one of my favorite historical figures. Known for his strong defense of Gothic as the height of Christian Architectural expression, A. W. N. Pugin was a Victorian era Catholic who with the help of his Patron designed and built numerous Catholic churches and other Gothic buildings in England and the Colonies (if I'm not mistaken...)

Anyway, not only is Pugin mentioned in my sidebar, he also was part of the design team for the building that is at the top of this blog. I've been there in person. It is impressive to say the least.

Pugin is one of the reasons I love Gothic architecture so much. Before I studied him, I had some sort of innate sense that Gothic was Awesome-beyond-belief. After I studied him, I discovered a reason for it. Of course, it wasn't only Pugin, but Viollet-le-Duc, SugĂ©r, and Ruskin (I think it was Ruskin.) Viollet-lu-Duc confirmed the structural brilliance of the style, Suger discussed the theological basis, Ruskin talks of the connection to primal architecture and nature. Or perhaps he was the one that discussed the hand-crafts one of which is stone-carving which was used in the Gothic style. I'll have to revisit Ruskin.

And Pugin showed me how not only is Gothic a very Christian architecture in its inception and in its history (although some of the forms have origins in the East...kind of like Christianity), but also how it has such an important symbolic value because within it is the freedom to represent myriad symbols in stone, glass and geometry.

I could go on about Gothic architecture, but I won't. Instead, I'll point you to a blog-post about a new book about Pugin and Gothic Revival architecture.

Happy Birthday Pugin, and thanks for everything.