Readings for a Post-Trump Politics

On October 3, 2016, we published an article that we titled, with a sincere but naive optimism that is now painful to remember, “Post Trump.” Starting in the chaotic early years in real estate development, author Belmont Freeman traces Donald Trump’s trajectory from the New York City auction: failed builder, racist slum lord, serial bankruptcy, rascal rascal, philistine tabloid, megalomaniac liar, etc. ., Etc., at the main party.

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Presidential candidate. Unfortunately, in those days it still seemed unlikely that the owner of Trump Tower, the super dazzling Fifth Avenue skyscraper Ada Louise Huxtable described as a “swirl of pink marble,” would soon repaint the Oval Office, giving the place a showy pride. place an oil portrait of President Andrew Jackson, signatory of the Indian Removal Act, and the Bronco Buster in bronze, by artist Frederick Remington, who has infamous promise to shoot “Jews – Ingiun – Chinese – Italians – Huns, garbage from land I hate. ”However, Freeman’s article was prescient. In the final paragraph, he focuses on what has become a central theme in these turbulent times.

How long will the damage caused by Donald Trump last? The real estate world has certainly seen its share of charlatans and scammers, but the industry continues to fuel New York City’s economy and shape his fitness. American politics has been massively disfigured by demagogues, but our democracy has survived. Donald Trump may have exited actual real estate development years ago, but his superficial and selfish venture of branding projects has left an unhealthy residue across the industry. It has been terribly satisfying lately to see some owners struggle to rename their TRUMP developments. For the deservedly damaged Republican Party, rebranding will be complicated and possibly impossible. As I write this, word gets out that George H.W. Bush plans to vote for Hillary Clinton and that the Republican National Committee is embracing Trump’s racist lies – just the latest signs that Donald Trump has tainted the political landscape so deeply that detoxification will be long and arduous.

On January 20, 1,570 days since our article was published, its title will finally be accurate. Or at least, the White House will welcome a new tenant and the “detoxification” of our political landscape, which feels increasingly urgent after the mafia attack on the US Capitol on January 6, by the end can begin . In this spirit, to start the new year, the new era, we are pleased to share a list of readings from our archive, 21 articles for 2021, which together delve into the political crises that have required answers in the disciplines of design, ranging from the precariousness of housing, urgent demands for racial justice and the expansion of feminist practices, economic inequality and the climate crisis. A contribution, at this moment nervous and full of hope, to the ongoing project of reconstruction of a “post Trump” world.

Post Trump, Belmont Freeman, October 2016
Young Donald Trump started his career by developing buildings that extracted the most tax credits and provided the least in public services. Old Donald Trump is proving, in a devastating and destructive way, true to his form.

Reality in the Balance, Jeremy Till, January 2017
Reality is assailed by falsehoods and duplicities; reinvented by new media manipulators; and ignored by political leaders. But reality has always been at stake. Things are not resolved. Indeed, the omens of the decline of democracy should be read as a push for compromise. For architects, as a call to action as professional citizens.

Notes to a History of Non-planning, Anthony Fontenot, January 2015
The battle of ideas between those who support unfettered markets and those who defend a strong and beneficial role for government remains more important than ever. However, countering “capitalist vitality” with “top-down planning” means obscuring the cumulative effects – for starters: petrochemical contamination, deterioration of infrastructure, poor public health, precarious housing, climate disaster – of divestment. public and deregulation.

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