Roger Ebert on the Visceral Beauty of Chicago Architecture

By James Matthew Wilson for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC

Mecosta, MI. A stunning reflection by film critic Roger Ebert, and a reminder that art is a matter of proportion not method, fittingness not totalitarian vision:

In architecture I am a reactionary. This isn’t ideological with me; it’s visceral. When I look at a building and conclude it’s “beautiful,” I’m not looking at the work of the children of Mies. Having spent a lifetime wandering when I could in London, Paris, Stockholm, Cape Town, Kyoto, my feet linger on the old streets but avoid the new. Venice will never be eaten by modern architecture; although the most threatened of cities, it is also the safest.

Read the whole thing here.

See University of Chicago architecture here.

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