The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) will co-sponsor a lecture by Justin Shubow, President of the National Civic Art Society, Washington D.C., on “The Tower of Wreckage: The Triumph of Nihilism in Architecture.” The event will take place Monday, February 10, 4:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Auditorium, GO27, Taylor Science Center, Hamilton College. The Hamilton College Student Assembly will co-sponsor the event, which is open to the public.

Professor Justin Shubow

Mr. Shubow is the author of The Gehry Towers over Eisenhower: The National Civic Art Society Report on the Eisenhower Memorial, a critique of the memorial’s competition, design, and agency approval.  He is a 2008 graduate of Yale Law School and studied philosophy in the graduate program at the University of Michigan.

“Outside of academia,” Mr. Shubow argues, “architecture is the field in which deconstructionism has achieved the greatest success: buildings that vandalize our cities and monuments that subvert the very ideals they are supposed to represent. The effect is to disorient, threaten, and demoralize the public, which has no choice but to be exposed to such structures. Deconstructionist architects are praised by global elites, win the profession’s highest awards, and obtain many of the most important commissions, including those where the client is the state. If architecture is the embodiment of a civilization, what does such actually existing nihilism portend for the future? What is to be done?”