Ned Cramer's Dialogue

  • Must Geography Be Destiny?

    In my hometown of St. Louis, segregation remains a tragic fact of life, thanks in part to its racially and economically divisive patchwork of 115 local governments.

  • Embassy Design: Chocolate and Peanut Butter

    Congress is questioning the State Department’s Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities program, fearing that it prioritizes design over security. Why not have both?

  • The New AIA: Not Your Father's Institute

    The American Institute of Architects is revamping its board, shrinking the roster from about 50 people to no more than 16. And that’s just the beginning.

  • NCARB and Licensure: Change You Can Believe In

    The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards has endorsed a potentially transformative new path to licensure.

  • Dialogue: Ethics, Geopolitics, and Architecture

    Should architects be held accountable for the politics of their clients or their country? The Royal Institute of British Architects seems to think so.

  • The Shigeru Ban Win is a Big Deal

    Naming the socially minded Japanese architect as the 2014 Pritzker laureate doesn’t quite let the jury off the hook for snubbing Denise Scott Brown last year—but it’s a start.

  • Dialogue: Science Fiction and Hard Science

    When truth is stranger than science fiction, architecture that draws from sci-fi starts to look downright normal.

  • Dialogue: Security Theater

    Edward Snowden was a toddler when Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio began to explore the inverse relationship between security and privacy. Now their work seems prescient.

  • Dialogue: Adding Insult to Injury

    Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Memorial Hospital is being torn down, and the property’s owner, Northwestern University, is continuing its assault on architecture.

  • Dialogue: Power, and the Politics of Poop

    The U.S. government has technology that can convert human waste into liquid fuel. So why are we still relying on petroleum imported from the Middle East?



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