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Posts in category “Architecture”

Downtown Los Angeles Is Coming Home—to the New Elite

The last frontier of Southern California is in the former Skid Row.

Posted March 22nd, 2019

A Lost Monument to Industry—and Traditional Urbanism

The Singer Building was an early skyscraper that respected the skyline.

Posted February 15th, 2019

How ‘Interior Landmarks’ Redeemed New York

Even amid the glitz and dull modernism, the Western tradition is alive.

Posted February 8th, 2019

When London’s Dragons Ruled Before Skyscrapers

Out-of-scale glass towers are destroying the historic character of this once beautiful place.

Posted January 11th, 2019

The Fury of the Modernists

For almost a century, the architecture establishment has insisted on rigid ideology.

Posted December 13th, 2018

A NYC Tenement Legacy Persists, Despite Gentrification

Photographer Jacob Riis charted the perils of industrial urbanism, still seen in this corner of the Lower East Side.

Posted November 9th, 2018

The Methodist Paradise on the Jersey Shore

This preserved village is an expression of incremental urbanism built exclusively for human interaction and divine inspiration.

Posted October 19th, 2018

The Threat of ‘Genius’ to Truly Successful Architecture

Buildings that stand out when they should fit in are showpieces for their creators but can be offensive to the rest of us.

Posted September 7th, 2018

Glory Days: Reviving Asbury Park, City on the Shore

After decades of decline, the wonderland of Springsteen’s youth is at a hopeful crossroads.

Posted August 31st, 2018

The Lost World of the Middlebrow Tastemaker

Working alongside Frank Lloyd Wright, journalist Elizabeth Gordon made home design accessible to the average American.

Posted June 8th, 2018

In a Desert City, Frank Lloyd Wright and Traditional Architecture at Play

Phoenix’s Arizona Biltmore hotel is not as modern as it first appears.

Posted June 1st, 2018

Meet the Austrian Who Invented Placemaking

Camillo Sitte was a champion of traditional European urbanism.

Posted May 11th, 2018

How to Build a Skyline at Human Scale

Buildings need dignified hats.

Posted May 4th, 2018

Why Ordinary Americans Reject Architectural Ideologues

Many elites reflexively disparage traditional design while celebrating iconoclasts.

Posted April 27th, 2018

Why No Nobel Prize For Architecture?

The big awards divide the profession into modernists and traditionalists.

Posted March 16th, 2018

Today’s Skyscrapers Assault the Skyline and the Street

Many new towers do not respect their neighbors or the human scale of city life.

Posted March 9th, 2018

Are These Four Walls Causing You Pleasure—or Pain?

Neuroscience is illuminating old truths about our buildings and ourselves.

Posted January 25th, 2018