In the earliest years of The Washington Institute, David Greusel flew from Kansas City to be part of our first Vocare evenings, ones where we focused on neighborhoods and cities, and the buildings that shape the way we live. That he came was impressive, but plainly growing out of his own longing for serious collegial conversation about architecture, and the ways that vocations that serve our common life work together to make for human flourishing. We called these conversation about calling, this one focused on the ways that we live together, old and new urbanisms—and the way we work this out is either for blessing or for curse.
Along the way David designed baseball stadiums for the firm HOK, the company that has done most every major athletic venue in America. One that I have known especially well is the Pirates stadium in Pittsburgh, known for it magnificent view of the city and the way that it architecturally connects to the city at-large. In every way its glories are a gift from David. But he also designed the Houston Astros new stadium, recasting the city and its relationship to downtown and baseball. Always his vision is for the way buildings ought to be, shaped by a deeper vision of the way life ought to be.
David’s pastor, Tom Nelson—author of the much-honored book, “Work Matters” (see our interview with him) –sent a recent article onto me. Reading it will allow you to know more of this good man who gives himself away to history, wanting his work to affect the way the world turns out.
Common grace for the common good, one more time.
(For more of his own writing, see Comment magazine: http://www.cardus.ca/