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Donald Trump thinks only traditional buildings are beautiful. He’s wrong | Rowan Moore

Architects must do more to engage with the public if they want to avoid the opprobrium of the outgoing president

In between plotting a coup, pardoning war criminals and executing convicts, Donald Trump has found time to sign an executive order on promoting beautiful federal civic architecture.

It cites the example of the founding fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who based America’s civic architecture on that of the ancient (and slave-owning) democracies of Greece and Rome. “Classical and traditional” architecture, it states, is more popular and beautiful than more modern approaches, and should be the preferred style of new federal buildings.

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