| Feb 15, 2009
The timing could hardly be better for "The Infrastructural City," a new collection of essays on Los Angeles edited by Kazys Varnelis, director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University. A book with a title like that, unless written by Mike...
| Aug 6, 2008
Fourth in a series on the changing face of China's capital.
BEIJING -- Two very different groups of architects are responsible for most of this city's recent growth: foreign firms cashing in on the Chinese boom and local design institutes affiliated with...
| Aug 8, 2008
Last in a series
BEIJING -- The relationship between smog and architecture is not one that critics or scholars -- or architects themselves, for that matter -- have traditionally given much thought. But in the pollution-clogged Chinese capital, the link...
| Sep 27, 2008
RENZO PIANO'S original concept for the new California Academy of Sciences building in Golden Gate Park was elegantly simple: Slice out a huge, rectangular section of the park landscape, lift it 36 feet into the air and slide a new piece of architecture...
| Apr 19, 2008
Dustin and Lindsay Phillips had no idea they were part of the beginning of the end of the Guggenheim's great Las Vegas adventure, a seven-year gamble that is coming to a close with the museum taking its chips -- its paintings -- back home.
| Aug 5, 2008
Third in a series on the changing face of China's capital.
BEIJING -- On the first morning of my recent stay in Beijing, I picked up the China Daily, the government-run English-language newspaper, to see the following phrase near the top of the front...
| Oct 3, 2009
Venice is home to a lot of extravagant architecture, whether it's Frank Gehry's playful deconstructions or Franklin Israel's experiments in postmodern collage. Yet even in such environs, Robert Choeff and Krystyan Keck's home on Cabrillo Avenue stands...
| Oct 25, 2009
The Los Angeles architect Frederick Fisher, who turned 60 earlier this year, is anything but a doctrinaire designer or a dogmatic personality. His houses, museum galleries and other buildings have over the years been executed in a relatively broad...
| Dec 20, 2009
Architecture, arguably for the first time in its history, found itself at the very center of American cultural and political life in the decade that is wrapping up. That centrality helped make stars out of architecture's top talents. With the aid of...
| Jan 3, 2010
Hearts of the City
The Selected Writings
of Herbert Muschamp
Alfred A. Knopf: 888 pp., $50
In December 1997, with the Getty Center finally set to open its expansive hilltop campus after more than a decade of frustration, Herbert...
| Jan 17, 2010
Before we turn to an assessment of Aqua, a new residential skyscraper in Chicago, permit me a quick (and relevant!) detour to a sidewalk news conference in Lower Manhattan, held recently at the foot of the under-construction Beekman Tower.
We join the...