Seeing the terrible devastation of parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, has sadly reminded of my work in Mississippi with my New Urbanist colleagues shortly after Katrina. Since our efforts there, much has been learned about recovery and rebuilding after natural disasters. Indeed, the work began at the charrette by the architecture team has gone on to evolve into emergency housing as well as also being at the forefront of the tiny home movement.
I am republishing the following essay, which I wrote after returning from the Mississippi Renewal Forum. At the time I struggled to put into words what I had seen and experienced, as I know so many will now again. My heart is with them as is my hope that some of what we learned then can help now.
Christine G. H. Franck featured on The Art of Construction podcast.
On this episode of THE ART OF CONSTRUCTION, we talk with Christine G. H. Franck, a designer, author and educator. She is also the director of the Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture (CARTA) at the College of Architecture and Planning CU Denver. Her architectural focus provides a full range of services that are essential to holistic practice dedicated to improving the built environment. Join us and learn how Classical Architecture can help grow your business.
Please join me TOMORROW, Tuesday evening, March 4th, in Denver for my lecture on “New Traditional Architecture and Urbanism” graciously sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – Rocky Mountain Chapter and hosted at the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning in the 2nd floor gallery.
It was a pleasure to appear on Colorado & Co., a local magazine-style show that airs live in Denver and across Colorado on Channel 9, KUSA-TV from 10-11am on weekdays to promote the ICAA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Columns & Coffee tours! We’ll be appearing again soon to talk about the chapter’s already sold out tour of the Anschutz Collection at the American Museum of Western Art, led by the museum’s esteemed curator, Darlene Dueck. Tune in, February 18th to learn more about this important collection.
Christine Franck, Chad Cox and host Denise Plante.
This place of my home and heart, Williamsburg, often remembered by visitors in images of white clapboarded colonial houses surrounded by lush green boxwood under brilliant blue skies, holds a different magic in the gray quiet of winter. When the touring crowds thin, I meet my hometown again and find in her still somnolence moments that warm my soul. While all sleeps, waiting to wake in the riot of spring, I wander the empty streets and hidden gardens, conjuring times long-past, recalling happy moments of youth, hoping for the days to come.