New Urbs

Posts in category “Architecture”

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

Did the State Destroy the Best Model for Affordable Urban Housing?

Working and middle-class cooperative buildings were an invention of civil society.

Posted November 10th, 2017

The Infinite Suburb Is an Academic Joke

No matter what the techno-narcissists like to say.

Posted October 27th, 2017

The Perfect Apartment Building Is Hiding in Plain Sight

A century ago, unencumbered by zoning, developers built humane urban residences for the middle class.

Posted September 22nd, 2017

When Historic Preservation Depends on Gentrification

To survive, smaller cities need economic and cultural capital.

Posted July 7th, 2017

Golden Age of Classicism

Notre Dame’s architecture school is rebuilding the traditional city.

Posted June 30th, 2017