Urbanity in the gothic style

Yale’s new Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray residential colleges, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, has just won the Charles Bulfinch Architectural Award in the “institutional” category. Congratulations!

This interconnected network of diverse, contiguous, human scale buildings exemplifies the characteristics of great urbanity. The buildings are friendly to the street, offering complexity, detail, texture -- and humor -- and entice the pedestrian to explore further by unexpected vistas, archways, doors, walkways, inner quads, and suggestive skylines.

One certainly does not have to build in a gothic style to achieve these characteristics of delightful urbanity, but I for one sure do wish that modernist architects did not so diligently eschew complexity, detail, texture – and humor!

See David Brussat's blog for much more here.