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President Biden Revokes Trump's Controversial Classical Architecture Order

Added 02-25-21 11:07:02am EST - “The announcement from The White House was included in an executive order that revoked a number of Trump's actions as president. Trump had aimed to promote traditional design for federal buildings.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “President Biden Revokes Trump's Controversial Classical Architecture Order”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The skyline of Washington, D.C., including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol and National Mall, seen on June 15, 2014. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

The skyline of Washington, D.C., including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol and National Mall, seen on June 15, 2014.

Late Wednesday, President Biden revoked a controversial executive order former President Trump signed in December called "Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture." The announcement from The White House was included in an executive order that revoked a number of Trump's actions as president.

When Trump first proposed the executive order, it was clearly an out-with-the-new, in-with-the-old approach to architecture. He called modern federal buildings constructed over the last five decades (think boxy, concrete-heavy Brutalism) "undistinguished," "uninspiring" and "just plain ugly."

While the specifics are not yet clear, Biden's executive order instructs the director of the Office of Management and Budget and any related departments and agencies to "promptly consider taking steps to rescind any orders, rules, regulations, guidelines, or policies, or portions thereof" that would've implemented Trump's actions. Biden also calls for the abolishment of any "personnel positions, committees, task forces, or other entities established" to fulfill Trump's actions "as appropriate and consistent with applicable law."

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