Library as Infrastructure
On Places, Shannon Mattern considers the many faces of the public library, from social service center to innovation lab, and asks just how far we can stretch the library’s program.
12.18.13: Bernheimer Architecture with Kate Bernheimer
Fairy Tale Architecture: The Juniper Tree
On Places, a design by Bernheimer Architecture for the Grimm Brothers’ “The Juniper Tree,” the tenth in our ongoing series of architectural fairy tales.
12.17.13: studio SUMO with Kate Bernheimer & Andrew Bernheimer
Fairy Tale Architecture: Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky
On Places, a design by studio SUMO for the Nigerian folk tale “Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky,” the ninth in our ongoing series of architectural fairy tales.
12.16.13: Rice+Lipka with Kate Bernheimer & Andrew Bernheimer
Fairy Tale Architecture: The Library of Babel
On Places, a design by Rice+Lipka for the Jorge Luis Borges story “The Library of Babel,” the eighth in our ongoing series of architectural fairy tales.
When Buildings Kill
On Places, Keith Eggener takes us on a tour of evil architecture in book and movies — just in time for Halloween.
Print and Pixel
On Places, Nancy Levinson explores the challenges of moving from a print-centric to digital-dominant world — in particular the difficulty of sustaining ambitious journalism and serious literature.
Founding Mother: Mariana Van Rensselaer and the Rise of Criticism
On Places, Alexandra Lange explores the ongoing relevance of the late 19th-century writings of Mariana Van Rensselaer, one of the pioneers of architecture criticism in America.
Paju Bookcity: The Next Chapter
On Places, Shannon Mattern visits Paju Bookcity in South Korea— a special economic zone dedicated to books —and high-style architecture — now being remade for the digital era.
12.19.12: SO-IL with Kate Bernheimer & Andrew Bernheimer
Fairy Tale Architecture: Monkey King
On Places, a design by Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) for the Chinese fairy tale “Monkey King,” the seventh in our ongoing series of architectural fairy tales.
12.18.12: Bernheimer Architecture with Kate Bernheimer
Fairy Tale Architecture: The Little Match Girl
On Places, a design by Bernheimer Architecture for Hans Christian Andersen's “The Little Match Girl,” the sixth in our ongoing series of architectural fairy tales.
12.17.12: Abruzzo Bodziak with Kate Bernheimer & Andrew Bernheimer
Fairy Tale Architecture: Snowflake
On Places, a design by Abruzzo Bodziak for the Russian story “Snowflake,” the fifth in our ongoing series of architectural fairy tales.
On Places, Naomi Stead explores the presentation of architecture in children's literature, with a special focus on stories about houses and the meaning of home.
10.31.12: Bernheimer Architecture with Kate Bernheimer
Fairy Tale Architecture: Halloween Edition
On Places, a design by Bernheimer Architecture for the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Boy Who Set Forth to Learn What Fear Was,” in this special Halloween edition of our ongoing series of architectural fairy tales.
William L. Fox
On the Road Home
On Places, William Fox reviews The Prehistory of Home
, by anthropologist Jerry Moore — and explores what it means to be home
Rolling to a Stop
On Places, Ian Baldwin reviews ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking
and Reinventing the Automobile.
Marginalia: Little Libraries in the Urban Margins
On Places, Shannon Mattern surveys
the rise of the little library, of the myriad pop-up, guerrilla and ad-hoc libraries that build on the DIY energy and political edge of tactical urbanism.
Building After Auschwitz
On Places, Mitchell Schwarzer reviews Building After Auschwitz,
the new book by historian Gabriel Rosenfeld that asks a thorny question: Is there a Jewish architecture?
12.22.11: Guy Nordenson with Kate Bernheimer & Andrew Bernheimer
Fairy Tale Architecture: Rapunzel
On Places, in the third of an ongoing series of architectural fairy tales, Guy Nordenson and Associates re-engineer the tower in "Rapunzel."
12.21.11: Leven Betts with Kate Bernheimer & Andrew Bernheimer
Fairy Tale Architecture: Jack and the Beanstalk
On Places, in the second of three architectural fairy tales, architects David Leven and Stella Betts reimagine "Jack and the Beanstalk."
12.20.11: Bernheimer Architecture with Kate Bernheimer
Fairy Tale Architecture: The House on Chicken Feet
On Places, the first in an ongoing series of architectural fairy tales exploring magical homes; part one, by New York architect Andrew Bernheimer, reimagines the hut of the Russian witch Baba Yaga.
09.27.11: William L. Fox & Mark Klett
The Half-Life of History
On Places, writer William Fox and photographer Mark Klett document the semi-ruin of the WW II military airfield at Wendover, Utah, where the U.S. Air Force trained for the bombing of Hiroshima.
A Home Before the End of the World
On Places, Adelheid Fischer explores our startling ignorance of the natural world — and wonders whether this is enabling the degradation of the environment.
The Architecture of Harry Weese
On Places, Ian Baldwin reviews The Architecture of Harry Weese
, and finds an overlooked modernist whose work was "highly original and often stunning."
Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment
On Places, Belmont Freeman reviews Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment
, and finds much to admire in a long career that has lately been overlooked.
Donald Judd and the Blooming of Reality
On Places, architect Adam Yarinsky reviews Donald Judd
, by David Raskin, and Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd
, by Marianne Stockebrand, et al.
Jane Jacobs, Andy Warhol, and the Kind of Problem a Community Is
On Places, Tim Mennel compares the radically different New York worlds of Andy Warhol's Factory and Jane Jacobs's Village — and comes to some provocative conclusions.
Thomas J. Campanella
Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning
On Places, Thomas Campanella evaluates the complex legacy Jane Jacobs, including the ongoing marginalization of the urban planning profession.
On Places, Alexandra Lange argues that the new monograph from Studio Gang is a version of the anti-monograph: an effort to feed the star machinery and resist it at the same time.
04.11.11: Robert Dawson & Josh Wallaert
Public Library: An American Commons
On Places, photographer Robert Dawson documents public libraries across the United States, emphasizing their vital — and now threatened — role as an American commons.
In Motion: The Experience of Travel
On Places, Ray Gastil reviews In Motion: The Experience of Travel
, the latest book by Tony Hiss.
The Architectural Monograph: A Defense
On Places, Mark Lamster asks: In a dynamic era for practice and publishing, what is the future of the architectural monograph?
On Places, Mimi Zeiger reviews Street Value
, the new book about Downtown Brooklyn and the dynamic interplay of shopping and planning, of politics and race and class.
William L. Fox
Spatial Intelligence: New Futures for Architecture
Can buildings makes us happy? On Places, William L. Fox explores this possibility in his review of Spatial Intelligence: New Futures for Architecture
, by Leon van Schaik.
Havana: Nostalgia Is a Dangerous Business
On Places, New York architect Belmont Freeman reviews the recent literature on Havana architecture and urbanism, including Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage
On Places, urban planning professor Timothy Beatley, author of Green Urbanism
, reviews Green Metropolis
, by David Owen, which argues that Manhattan is the greenest city in the U.S.
Words and Pictures
On Places, architect Robert Taylor reviews Fumihiko Maki's collected essays and Shigeru Ban's latest monograph.
Frank Gohlke: Thoughts on Landscape
On Places, Brian Rosa reviews Frank Gohlke's Thoughts on Landscape
, a volume of collected writings which shows that this leading American photographer is as eloquent with words as with images.
On Places, architect Ian Baldwin reviews Paul Rudolph: Writings on Architecture
, and makes a compelling case for looking anew at several important but neglected projects.
Architect, Park Thyself
The auto-urban relationship, writes Ian Baldwin, is "fumbling, overheated, unsatisfying for both parties." Baldwin reviews House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage
, currently on exhibit at the National Building Museum, and The Architecture of Parking
, by Simon Henley.
The City's End
Architect Beth Weinstein reviews The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears and Premonitions of New York's Destruction,
by architectural historian Max Page — just in time for the season premiere of 24
, which finds Jack Bauer and his fellow counter-terrorists relocated to NYC.
it is what it is
Gavin Browning reviews it is what is is
, the 1,000-page monograph of the work of the New York-based multidisciplinary design firm 2x4.
William L. Fox
Writer and critic William L. Fox reviews Las Vegas
, by Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern, probing the improbable success of the gambling-entertainment world-city constructed in the midst of the Mojave.
New Orleans-based writer Dorothy Ball reviews Richard Campanella's Bienville's Dilemma
, a panoramic study of the history and geography of New Orleans that spans from the early 16th century to Hurricane Katrina and its troubled aftermath.
Niagara: It Has It All
Architectural historian Barbara Penner reviews Inventing Niagara
, by Ginger Strand, drawing out the contradictory mix of reverence and exploitation inspired by the famous falls.
Crystal and Arabesque
Sandy Isenstadt reviews Jonathan Massey's Crystal and Arabesque
, which retrieves the life and work of the long-neglected early 20th-century architect Claude Bragdon.
The Infrastructural City
Los Angeles depends upon vast infrastructural systems that are breathtakingly powerful, yet vulnerable to disruption, even disaster. Landscape architect Chris Reed reviews The Infrastructural City
Photographer Mark Klett reviews Placing Memory
, which juxtaposes contemporary color photos of abandoned Japanese-American internment camps, by photographer Todd Stewart, with government-commissioned period images, to haunting effect.