Better a small house than a skyscraper that signifies nothing

Better a small house than a skyscraper that signifies nothing

From The White House to Vauxhall Tower buildings tell us about society’s values, says Sarah Crompton

The other day I found myself with four hours to kill, in Washington DC, a city I had never visited before. So I set off to find the White House.

This was not as simple as it sounds, partly thanks to the American tendency to suggest nothing is within walking distance, even if it is, in British terms, a pretty easy stroll, and partly to my own deficiencies as a map reader – with the result that when I finally found the most famous residence in the world, I almost walked straight past it.

The White House may be the centre of great power, but it is not in itself that big or that shouty. It’s just a nice, white house, rather elegant, with a fine sweeping drive, but utterly dwarfed by the US Treasury next door – a fact that is, in itself, a bit of a clue to the relative significance of wealth in American society. And it is this architectural iconography, both deliberate and accidental, that makes the centre of Washington such a fascinating place.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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