May 15, 2014
Where I’ve Been and What I’ve Been Doing
BBVA Compass Stadium (designed by Populous), H0uston (as seen from MFAH design curator Cindi Strauss’s vintage red Mercedes).
It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything on this blog that I’ve forgotten how Word Press works. (And Flickr is a complete mystery to me.) Where have I been? Mostly right here, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Although we’re relocating to Downtown Brooklyn in the very near future. Too many hipsters!) I’ve also been on Twitter a lot. (See @KarrieUrbanist.)
I have been traveling a little: Houston (where I gave a talk on manmade nature at the MFAH), Anguilla (where I did as little as possible), Las Vegas (where I caught up with the home building industry), Phoenix (where I hung out with women architects and drank margaritas that were way too sweet ), and some places I’ve probably forgotten.
A couple of months ago, I wrote my last “America” column for Metropolis Magazine. It was a good one (see link below), about Faust, MoMA and the Folk Art Museum. Shortly thereafter, Metropolis decided not to renew my contract. They were offended that I was also writing for Architect Magazine. So, I’m now a contributing editor at Architect, and you will frequently find my byline in the magazine and on the website.
I continue to write occasionally for Travel + Leisure and other publications. I’m quietly working on a startup with a couple of members of the original Dwell creative team. More on that later. And I’m cooking up other interesting projects on the subject of manmade nature. (For an explanation, see my “Unnatural Nature” column from the the February Metropolis, link below). Also, I continue to teach at SVA’s newly renamed Department of Design Research.
Here are a few recent pieces:
10 Ideas from Rebuild by Design, Architect
Fashion Statement, Architect
A Tall Order, Architect
Italian Futurism, Architect
Q&A with Witold Rybczynski, New York Times
Faust on W. 53rd St., Metropolis
Unnatural Nature, Metropolis
A Tale of Two Agendas, Metropolis