| Sep 22, 2013
Chicago has a history of obliterating its history. Significant buildings fall to the wrecking ball for parking lots, and entire swaths of the cityscape are bulldozed by economic forces like deindustrialization and gentrification, and political movements...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 1:58 PM
There are a few ramshackle stretches of Coast Highway in Laguna Beach cluttered with tired buildings and bad imagination.
You become immune, driving by in a daze because there's nothing much to look at.
But then you notice the curve. It's an organic,...
| May 18, 2013
| 10:30 AM
| Sep 5, 2012
| 3:38 PM
More years ago than I'd like to say, I moved into a charmless cinder block dormitory on the campus of a land-grant university about eight hours away from my suburban Chicago home. To assuage homesickness and spruce the place up a bit, I hung a print of...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 11:36 AM
The French novelist Michel Houellebecq is possibly best known for pissing off Muslims and for endorsing sex tourism. Add to that a reputation for crazy boozing, and the guy doesn’t win loads of sympathy. (A mini flap over the author’s...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 8:40 AM
When did we become "modern"?
Two tantalizing exhibitions at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library raise this important though probably unanswerable question. They are Architecture in Dialogue: The Peter Eisenman Collection at Yale and...
| Mar 3, 2011
| 11:14 AM
In 2003, Mike Dufton purchased a 2,200-square-foot townhome on tranquil Back Creek just outside Annapolis in the community of King James Landing.
The end-of-group design featuring a side entrance, along with views of the water just beyond the front yard,...
| Mar 3, 2011
| 4:52 PM
As a local taxpayer and mature professional, I am dismayed at the various groups churning their self-serving issues for long decades (“Residents voice 710 plan concerns,” Feb. 27). Politicians are pandering to the local interests and various...
| May 20, 2011
| 3:19 PM
If you want to experience the work of street artist Gaia in its full scruffy glory, see it in the wild.
Drive south down North Collington Avenue, past Biddle and Eager and Chase. You will despair of spotting anything fresh in one blighted block after...