Trouble with Terminators
Why not make buildings today as they once were made? This is actually a really good, really radical question.
Designing Indian Country
Suppose Native America is not over, that there is no “after colonialism.” How do we create public spaces that enable true contact between cultures?
The Architecture of Sports
From signature golf courses to street basketball courts: fields of play are laboratories of spatial invention.
Divide and Conquer
The abstract lines we’ve drawn across America — the Mason Dixon Line, the Transcontinental Railroad — still resonate in the cultural landscape of the nation.
Eadweard Muybridge’s Secret Cloud Collection
Is it possible to rephotograph a scene that never existed? The fake landscapes of “Eduardo Santiago” embody the complexities and contradictions of representational art.
The Corner of Lovecraft and Ballard
H.P. Lovecraft and J.G. Ballard both put architecture at the heart of their fiction, and both made the humble corner into a place of nightmares.
Death and Taxonomies
The habit of humanity has long been to fix the natural world on the end of a pin, to arrange all flora and fauna into a museum of death and order.
Spires and Gyres
Contemporary Jakarta is a megalopolis of monuments and mosques, towers and malls — spires and gyres. It is also a fiercely insistent projection of Indonesian independence.
The Irrational Exuberance of Rem Koolhaas
The architect’s career embodies the inevitable contradictions in trying to marry art and capitalism, radicalism and pragmatism, icon-making and city-making.
Open and Shut
Two recent books offer compelling perspectives on the debate between private interest and public good. They also raise provocative questions about an activist agenda for the design disciplines.