September 11, 2011
Lower Manhattan, photographed by Ann Rhoney.
What I’ve noticed in recent days is that a lot of people have found my website by searching for 9-11 photos. I don’t have any. I prefer to commemorate the life of the World Trade Center, rather than its death. I prefer to remember the Twin Towers as an out-sized architectural conceit that, by the time of its destruction,
September 9, 2011
the transfinite by Ryoji Ikeda at the Park Avenue Armory (top) and Rainbow City by Friends With You near the High Line (bottom).
In part because Travel + Leisure asked me to figure out what the term “city of the future” might mean at this juncture (see the upcoming October issue) and in part because Metropolis asked me to review Talk to Me at MoMA (in the September issue,
August 9, 2011
The Korean New York Presbyterian Church of Queens. (Photo by Archidose.)
Yesterday morning, I glanced at the weekly email newsletter from The Architect’s Newspaper and saw Doug Garofalo’s name. Without really reading the headline, I clicked on the link and was stunned to find myself staring at his obituary.
Doug died young. He was about to turn 53.
July 29, 2011
Happiness measured at West Broadway and Grand, NYC.
Just last week I attended the press preview of a new exhibition at MoMA called Talk To Me: Design and Communication between People and Objects. I’ve spent the past several days writing a column about it for the September issue of Metropolis. Today, there’s a review of the show in the Times.
July 21, 2011
One very sweet house outside Charlottesville, Virginia.
Back in 2003, I began the 14,000 mile road trip for my book, The Perfect $100,000 House, at a two week intensive workshop on designing and building houses at a school in Vermont called Yestermorrow. The formula was simple; in the morning we learned to design and in the afternoon we learned to build.
May 4, 2011
Copenhagen’s lovely, minimalist budget airline terminal.
At long last, the debut of my airport critic column appeared in the May issue of Travel + Leisure. Sadly, it’s not going to run as often as I would like and the first one, about Copenhagen’s sweet new budget airline terminal, shrank markedly from its assigned length. Arguably, nothing essential is missing, just gobs of detail.
April 28, 2011
The America Now and Here truck awaiting its maiden voyage.
Last night on Greene Street, this truck covered with words by artist Barbara Kruger was parked for a few hours. It was about to depart for Kansas City, the first stop on a long road trip cooked up by painter Eric Fischl and his crew. The project, America Now and Here,
April 8, 2011
Top: Robert Scarano addition to a warehouse on Carroll St., Brooklyn (NY Times photo by Gabrielle Plucknette). Bottom: Frank Gehry’s museum for the Louis Vuitton Foundation.
A. The mezzanine trick.
From the very entertaining March 18 NY Times Magazine feature by Andrew Rice on Brooklyn’s least loved architect, Robert Scarano:
In early 2006, after a meticulous review, the city filed a series of civil charges against Scarano in an administrative court,
April 7, 2011
Views from the front window of the Detroit People Mover: the RenCen (top), Cobo Center (middle) and a streetscape with the Rosa Parks Transit Center (aka bus station) in the distance.
Has Wim Wenders ever made a movie in Detroit? I don’t think so. But I started to see the city as a Wenders movie while riding the People Mover,
April 5, 2011
George Clooney, Griswold Street, Detroit.
Driving around downtown Detroit, we noticed a corner storefront done up as a campaign office, with camera crews buzzing around outside. In the window were posters, reminiscent of Shepard Fairey’s Obama, except the face on them was clearly George Clooney’s. As it turns out, Clooney was in town directing and starring in a movie, The Ides of March, about —