U.S. President Donald Trump has issued an executive order that future federal buildings across the country must be “beautiful” and preferably built in classical Greek, Roman or similar styles.
The executive order states that too many federal buildings reflect the “brutalist” designs of the last century. According to Trump, new government buildings should look more like America’s “favorite” landmarks, such as the White House.
While traditionalists welcome the move, many others are unhappy. The American Institute of Architects said it was “strongly opposed” to the initiative. The order, titled “Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture,” could be a big restriction on design, they said. Communities should have “the right and responsibility to decide for themselves what architectural design best suits their needs,” experts say.
“New federal building designs should, like America’s favorite landmarks, elevate and beautify public spaces, inspire the human spirit, ennoble the United States, command the respect of the general public and, where appropriate, respect the architectural heritage of the region,” the order reads.