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Jaquelin Robertson, 1933-2020


A descendant of two presidents of the United States, Jacquelin Robertson died on 9 May. A part of his youth was spent in China. He graduated from Yale University, having there moved in the company of Louis Kahn, Vincent Scully, Josef Albert, and Philip Johnson. His professional career took off in 1960 in New York, where he occupied urban planning positions at City Hall and contributed to consolidating the current system by which developers are encouraged to finance public facilities in exchange for building rights. Although his defense of the city linked him fundamentally to the New Urbanism, Robertson succeeded in combining large-scale commissions with teaching and with designing buildings in a rehashed, eclectic classicism that with unabashed irony he tagged as ‘style-agnostic.’

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