Whatever you might think about Charlie Rose or his approach to the question-and-answer process, there's no denying the TV journalist regularly gives generous attention to the world of architecture. Search his website for the keyword “architect” and you'll find almost 80 archived interviews (dating back to 1994) with starchitects and lesser-known designers, critics, academics, artists, and others— more than enough to while away lazy afternoons and the occasional sleepless night.

For the most part, museums—even those celebrating the city they are in—grow and change at a fairly glacial pace. Salt Lake City's online-only Temporary Museum of Permanent Change rethinks the template and seeks to be as vibrant as the city itself. The museum describes its “collection” as including “performance art and video production, visual art, urban archaeology, anthropology, local history, existing businesses and ongoing deconstruction and construction processes as spectacles for people of all ages.”

Now three-quarters of a century old, the Empire State Building is having a banner year. Six months ago the skyscraper topped the list of America's 150 favorite pieces of architecture. In October, the British newspaper The Guardian ran a series on the dozen best buildings worldwide built since 1900—a group that includes the Sydney Opera House and Gaudí's Casa Milà—and the Deco icon was at the top of the heap again. “It was, and remains, a magnificent successor to a line of monumentally aspiring buildings that takes us back to the very first great works of architecture,” writes Jonathan Glancey about Shreve, Lamb & Harmon's most famous design.