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Design History


11.12.13: Zeuler R. M. de A. Lima

Lina Bo Bardi and the Architecture of Everyday Culture
On Places, Zeuler Lima recounts key moments in the prolific but under-appreciated career of the Italian-Brazilian modernist Lina Bo Bardi, and offers a slideshow of significant projects.
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10.15.13: Barbara Penner

Designed-In Safety
On Places, Barbara Penner recounts mid-20th-century efforts to radically reform the design of the American bathroom — and the assorted inhibitions and taboos that got in the way.
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09.23.13: Gabrielle Esperdy

Building Data: Field Notes on the Future of the Past
On Places, Gabrielle Esperdy explores the development of an online encyclopedia of American architecture — and argues that metadata is a crucial tool for future historians.
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07.08.13: Joe Day

Corrections and Collections
On Places, Joe Day examines American prison and museum design and compares how the two institutional architectures have responded to cultural movements from Minimalism to post-Millenialism.
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04.08.13: Phyllis Lambert

Seagram: Union of Building and Landscape
On Places, Phyllis Lambert explores the evolution of the Seagram Building, focusing on Mies van der Rohe's profound concern for the relationship between building and nature.
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11.13.12: Barbara Penner

“We shall deal here with humble things”
On Places, Barbara Penner considers the design, culture and politics of the bathroom — and how "this smallest of domestic rooms is linked to the larger worlds of engineering and infrastructure."
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05.14.12: Keith Eggener

The Uses of Daylight
On Places, Keith Eggener casts new light on the little-known Boley Building in Kansas City, by Louis Curtiss, which featured one of the first glass curtain walls in America.
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03.19.12: Gabrielle Esperdy

Banham's America
On Places, Gabrielle Esperdy traces the American journeys of Reyner Banham, and views the British historian in the lively tradition of European travelers who tell us Americans something important about ourselves.
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03.12.12: Stan Allen

The Future That Is Now
On Places, Stan Allen assesses architecture education in North America during the past two decades of rapid and profound technological and social change.
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02.27.12: Belmont Freeman

What Is It About the Art Schools?
On Places, Belmont Freeman recounts the dramatic saga of the National Art Schools in Havana — and argues that we are overlooking the larger narrative of post-revolutionary Cuban architecture.
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02.06.12: Keith Eggener

Louis Curtiss and the Politics of Architectural Reputation
On Places, Keith Eggener assesses the work of the neglected Kansas City architect Louis Curtiss — and highlights the politics of professional repuation.
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02.02.12: Mitchell Schwarzer

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?
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12.12.11: David Heymann

The Evil, Evil Grain Elevator
On Places, David Heymann continues his exploration of buildings and landscapes — and shows how even a building form as familiar as a grain elevator can come to seem evil.
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12.05.11: David Heymann

A Mound in the Wood
On Places, David Heymann continues his exploration of the charged relationship between architecture and landscape.
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12.01.11: Thomas Fisher

The Death and Life of Great Architecture Criticism
On Places, Tom Fisher argues that architecture criticism is ripe for bold reinvention.
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11.28.11: David Heymann

Landscape Is Our Sex
On Places, David Heymann analyzes the logics — and illogics — of the idea that the relationship of a building to its landscape is — or should be — a key element of its design..
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06.16.11: Alice T. Friedman

Girl Talk: Marion Mahony Griffin, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Oak Park Studio
On Places, architectural historian Alice Friedman explores the pioneering career of architect Marion Mahony Griffin, who rose to prominence in the Oak Park office of Frank Lloyd Wright.
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05.19.11: Ian Baldwin

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."
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05.09.11: Mirko Zardini & Jean-Louis Cohen

Architecture in Uniform
On Places, selections from Architecture in Uniform: Designing and Building for the Second World War, the new exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, curated by Jean Louis Cohen.
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03.31.11: Anuradha Mathur

Visualizing Landscapes: In the Terrain of Water
On Places, an exhibition on the visualization of water and landscape, from the Beaux Arts to the digital, curated by Anuradha Mathur.
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03.29.11: Jonathan Massey

Breuer, Baby!
On Places, selections from "Marcel Breuer and Postwar America," a recent exhibition at the Syracuse School of Architecture, organized by Jonathan Massey and Barry Bergdoll.
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03.21.11: Kristi Dykema Cheramie

The Scale of Nature: Modeling the Mississippi River
On Places, Kristi Dykema Cheramie explores the ruins of the abandoned Mississippi River Basin Model and ponders the decades-long battle to control the great river.
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01.20.11: Sandy Isenstadt

American Glamour
On Places, Sandy Isenstadt reviews Alice Friedman's American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture.
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12.06.10: David Heymann

Nature-ization Takes Command
On Places, the second in a series of essays by David Heymann exploring the dynamic relationship of landscape and architecture, evident in works ranging from big civic projects by Norman Foster to small rural houses by Glenn Murcutt.
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11.29.10: David Heymann

A Cloud on a Lake
On Places, architect David Heymann explores the charged relationship between buildings and landscapes in works as diverse as Diller Scofidio + Renfro's notorious Blur Building and Hiroshi Sugimoto's minimalist seascapes.
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09.16.10: Kim Förster

Massimo Vignelli: Oppositions, Skyline and the Institute
On Places, a gallery of Massimo Vignelli's graphic design work for the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, written and curated by Kim Förster.
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06.22.10: Alice T. Friedman

Modern Architecture for the American Century
On Places, an excerpt from Alice Friedman's American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture, on Eero Saarinen's iconic projects for General Motors and TWA, and the rise and fall — and rise — of the architect's reputation.
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05.13.10: Belmont Freeman

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.
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03.01.10: Ian Baldwin

Reading Rudolph
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.
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01.25.10: Ian Baldwin

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.
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11.15.09: Mimi Zeiger

Our Design Decade
Mimi Zeiger reviews Design USA, which opened last month at the Cooper-Hewitt, marking ten years of the National Design Awards program.
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10.30.09: Donlyn Lyndon

Lawrence Halprin, 1916 – 2009
Lawrence Halprin, one of the leading landscape architects of the postwar era, remembered by his longtime friend and colleague Donlyn Lyndon.
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09.16.09: Sandy Isenstadt

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.
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