Dress Your Family in Formica and Faux Bois
Is it a leap to think that, with her faux linen suits, Miuccia Prada is commenting not only on ladies who lunch, but on the kitchens in which they might fix a lunch? That her "linen" and Formica's 1940s Linen laminate are both postmodern commentaries on our desire for the look of handmade in a better, cheaper, faster (and no cigarette burn) world?
The Well-Tempered Environment
What I was looking for in Dallas and Fort Worth was connective tissue, the landscape architecture that ties buildings together in a district and makes a downtown into a place you want to stroll. In Texas, that's not possible without water and old trees (or their high-tech shading equivalents). Food trucks help, too, to turn an opera house lawn into a midday destination.
The Mother of Us All
Reyner Banham wasn't cowed by many, but even he was nervous about meeting Esther McCoy. As Banham wrote, "Until about 1960, the rest of the world had practically no idea at all about architecture in California... Then this extraordinary book came out in 1960, and — suddenly — California architecture had heroes, history, and character." A new book of McCoy's writings has just been published, and you should get it.
Against Kickstarter Urbanism
Kickstarter is not a popularity contest, or a democracy. Kickstarter’s founders select which projects go on the blog. Their declaration of a glorious new era for design suggests that projects that aren’t Kickstarter worthy aren’t worthy. A suitable funding platform for a watch is not a suitable funding platform for a city.