Tradition Versus Modernism in State Patronage of ArchitectureRSVP
Join Common Sense Society–Hungary (CSS–HU) on Thursday, February 23 for a lecture and discussion with American architectural critic Mr. Catesby Leigh. He will address the debate surrounding governments’ stylistic choices in public building projects and how these decisions shape the aesthetic appeal of our cities across the Atlantic.
The lecture will be followed by a discussion with the audience.
Doors open at 6:00 P.M., and the lecture will commence at 6:30 P.M., followed by a light dinner.
Chatham House rules apply.
Please note that this event is for members only. Not a member yet? Consider becoming a member of Common Sense Society–Hungary. If this is your first event at CSS and want to get to know us, you are welcome to join for a teaser.
Andrássy út 6. Floor 1 Apt 5
1061 Budapest, Hungary
Mr. Catesby Leigh is a co-founder of the National Civic Art Society (NCAS) and served as its chair for six years. From the outset, the reform of the federal government’s architectural patronage along classical lines has been one of the NCAS’s primary goals. After graduating from Princeton, he spent most of the 1980s as a foreign correspondent in South America, where he grew increasingly interested in traditional architectural environments and was struck by their modernist counterparts’ failure to achieve comparable levels of physical or visual amenity. Mr. Leigh has written commentaries on memorial projects, on fine art, and on urban planning. He first wrote about New Urbanism and its emphasis on pedestrian-friendly planning and receptivity to regional architectural traditions three decades ago. His work has appeared in City Journal, the Claremont Review of Books, First Things, Modern Age, National Review, The American Conservative, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, and other publications.