Essays and Opinions

 
 
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Unbuilt Washington

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


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The Rejection

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


 

Crit

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.

Coda to a Career: Eisenman's City of Culture

Peter Eisenman’s City of Culture was born during Spain’s Bilbao-inspired architectural boom. But as the project now languishes, what does it say about the legacy of its eminent designer?

Woodbury's Arid Lands Institute Rethinks Water in the West with "Divining LA"

The L.A. Aqueduct ushered in the era of big water infrastructure in the West. Now Hadley and Peter Arnold at Woodbury’s Arid Lands Institute are trying to map a new course.

 
 
 

Ned Cramer's Dialogue