Art by Katrín Sigurdardóttir.

Designing for the Elements

Artist Katrín Sigurðardóttir and writer Frances Richard talk about art, architecture, language, and their unstable, mutually defining relationships — along the way considering the model, the blueprint, the period room, the ruin, and the dollhouse, as well as the forces of fire and water, and the myriad possibilities of translation.

An artist and a writer talk about the slippery relations among art, architecture, and language; the powers of chance, gravity, and weather; and the seductions of the model and the mock-up.




  • Despina Stratigakos
  • Alan Thomas
  • Belmont Freeman

Gabrielle Esperdy

Gabrielle Esperdy is a columnist for Places. She is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos, an associate professor at the University of Buffalo, is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? and other books on architectural history.

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Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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