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T U E S D A Y

According to Boston architect and author Jonathan Hale, modernists and especially postmodernists have missed the point. They’ve lost The Old Way of Seeing, which is the title of his recent book that argues that “to design harmoniously is a natural ability.” Hale is a bit of a mystic, and thus prefers utopian monsters like Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright to contemporary ironists and reformers like Robert Venturi and Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (whose Kentlands, curiously, he locates “outside Baltimore”). Even those who don’t accept Hale’s case for intuition, however, should find many of his observations cogent. He lectures at 6:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $7. For reservations call (202) 272-2448. (MJ)