‘Deco Japan’ + Designing Women
A dancer in a liquid, backless dress stares at herself in a horizontal mirror, feet resting on a black square of a checkerboard floor. Also reflected in the mirror: the curving tubular steel of a cantilever chair, its seat daringly upholstered in a tiger stripe. Where are we?
City of Shoes: Is Urbanism Scalable?
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is looking to create happiness in downtown Las Vegas, betting that urbanism and walkability are the way forward for his company and the city it calls home. But are creating incubator spaces and curating retail analogous to selling shoes?
How to Be an Architecture Critic
We’re surrounded by buildings, says Alexandra Lange, but we don’t know how to talk about them. We chat about real estate instead of having a real conversation about the urban environment. As architecture criticism fades in the daily newspapers, it’s time we take matters into our own hands: “We need more citizen critics,” she writes, “equipped with the desire and the vocabulary to remake the city.” So how do we learn how to talk about buildings? Lange suggests starting with “Sometimes We Do It Right,” Ada Louise Huxtable's classic review of the Marine Midland Bank Building in New York.