Onesies and Crime: Design Observer →
I know there are bigger problems in the world than unnecessary machine embroidery, but bear with me. It isn’t about the femininity — I know many a little girl who truly loves pink, sparkles and tutus, and I would never repress aesthetic choice — it is about the ornament. Tulle and ruffles, butterflies and hearts are like the tattoos of the under-one set, tribal markings to ensure...
subtilitas: Tumblr has recently expanded their new ‘explore’ feature to include architecture, which will showcase the best designs and buildings found on tumblr, and will provide a great platform to discover work and posts from outside your dashboard. Be sure to tag any applicable posts with ‘architecture’ to get noticed, and head over to the architecture section to begin exploring. I am torn...
Bad Faith Towers
From yesterday’s Times: In a bid to cut costs at his star-crossed Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, the developer Bruce C. Ratner is pursuing plans to erect the world’s tallest prefabricated steel structure, a 34-story tower that would fulfill his obligation to start building affordable housing at the site. The prefabricated, or modular, method he would use, which is...
On Criticism 8: Critiquing Critics →
Diana Lind recaps the recent Domus panel Critical Futures #3, in which I participated, and asks whether such panels, like most architecture criticism, should move online. Eva Franch noted that this lack of “criticality” isn’t confined to print magazines. Rather than criticism, she sees the Internet encouraging more exposure of architecture and commentary on it. She noted that blogs are...
Neighboring estates in this suburb of Chicago often announce their presence with showy turrets or columned façades, but Cascade House, a lakeside residence designed by New York architecture firm Peter Gluck and Partners, makes a more discreet impression. From its front drive, all one sees is a stack of two glass boxes: one transparent, one translucent. The rest of this home—true to its...
Reading Out Loud
The Goods funnies, by (L to R) Adam Rex, Carson Ellis and Kevin Cornell (via McSweeney’s). I subscribe to the print version of the New York Times, so unfortunately there’s no chance my local paper will sign up for syndication. But I have also been thinking recently about what the disappearance of the physical newspaper means for my own children, and how I came to read it in the...