Essays and Opinions


Unbuilt Washington

The Architect of the Capitol surveys the city of Washington that almost was, in an exhibit at the National Building Museum.


The Rejection

A journalist's novelistic take on ground zero doesn't add weight to the debate.



PoMo Redux: The Revival of the Portland Building

Inside the decision to save Micheal Graves' Portland Building, and why there's still life in Postmodernism.

An Ode to Breuer's Brutalist Whitney as the Museum Relocates to its New Downtown Hub

Here's what will be lost when the Whitney sheds its signature building for its new crowd-pleasing, Renzo-Piano-designed home.

The Artful Façades of Pablo Bronstein

For artist Pablo Bronstein, the avant-garde has become so institutionalized that history seems radical.

Glass House Stages Fujiko Nakaya's "Veil" exhibit

Nakaya's artwork enshrouds Philip Johnson's landmark in a layer of mist, to striking effect.

The Art of the Aerie

As a spate of towers rise in New York and elsewhere, many are less than convincing in their vertical uplift. Here’s what contemporary architects have forgotten about building tall.

Outsider Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright at the Museum of Modern Art

MoMA’s exhibit on the high-rises and cityscapes of Frank Lloyd Wright reveals both his towering ambition and the surprising ambivalence that architects have about publicizing their private worlds.


Ned Cramer's Dialogue