Daunting task for crap detectors

Design watchdogs have a lot on their plate

There is a certain elegance about architectural terminology. Gothic, Bauhaus, Brutalist, Spanish Colonial Revivalist, Richardsonian Romanesque. The recent Capital Modern exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta, featuring Edmonton architecture from 1940 to 1969, was a revealing and even thrilling look at the beauty we don’t often notice in our city. Yet one architectural term — coined by Mayor Stephen Mandel — supersedes all others.

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