Landscape Is Our Sex
Should the relationship of a building to its landscape be a key element of its design? Unpacking the logics and illogics of this powerful cultural presumption.
The Ugly Pet
Sustainability should be revolutionary to architectural form. But it hasn’t been, at least not yet.
Trouble with Terminators
Why not make buildings today as they once were made? This is actually a really good, really radical question.
A Building, Not a Colt Revolver
From prehistoric cliff dwellings to recent projects by Morphosis and Herzog & de Meuron, the question of how a building should relate to its site offers no easy or universal answer.
Tracks: A Walk in the Arctic
A series of photographs — an ongoing experiment — that document walks taken in high summer in the Svalbard Archipelago, above the Arctic Circle.
Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies
The word “ecology” has been co-opted so widely that it has lost real meaning, yet it remains a powerful lens for designers working with complex adaptive systems.
Eat the City
The case for “civic agriculture” — for reconceptualizing cities as networks of agricultural zones, from parks to allotments.
Building Hyperdensity and Civic Delight
Americans are conflicted about urban development: somehow we’ve demonized both sprawl and density. Here’s the case for the hyperdense city: prosperous, sustainable, delightful.
Notes Toward a History of Agrarian Urbanism
Architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Hilberseimer, and Andrea Branzi anticipated today’s interest in urban farming.
The Temptations of Survivalism
Is self-sufficiency an illusionary goal? How independent can any building — or city — really be?