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Archive: April 2009


Friendship's Offering

Behold the first known book jacket, for an 1829 literary anthology. It was discovered at Oxford's Bodleian Library, minus the book it once encased.

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Internally Yours

Is it me, or did the New Yorker just retroactively invent a new architectural movement?

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Curse of the Bambino Strikes Again!

Good Lord! Is the new house jinxed?

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Auction Block

I'm not much of a buyer, but I do like to keep an eye on the baseball memorabilia market, a project undertaken with a combination of curiosity, envy, bemusement, and sheer stupefaction.

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Theirs Go to Twaalf

Meet Lamster (no relation), Belgium's ascendant metal goliath.

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Bronx Cheer

To say that I've been disappointed by coverage of the new Yankee Stadium by the design press would be an understatement, as noted in this "rant" column for ID magazine.

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Thomas Jefferson: (Henpecked) Jewish President

That Thomas Jefferson had an African-American lover is by now common knowledge. Few, however, realize he had a Jewish grandmother, a fact too often neglected by chauvinistic historians.

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Look Both Ways: On the Streets of Philadelphia

Last week I found myself with a couple of hours to kill in Philadelphia and decided to spend them at the art museum.

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Wiretapped!

Would you believe it's those shifty Canucks, and not the spooks at the NSA, who have the Lamster phonelines tapped? Outrageous but true.

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Mark Lamster is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture. A contributing editor to Architectural Review, he is currently at work on his third book, a biography of the late architect Philip Johnson. Follow: @marklamster.


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The AIA Guide to NYC
Architect, June 2, 2010

Leo and His Circle
Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2010

Art of the Steal
Architect's Newspaper, February 26, 2010

Hearts of the City
Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2010

The Goldberger Standard
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Bottom of the Ninth
Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2009

A Terrible Splendor
Bookforum, May 2009

The New West
Print, December 2008

The Great Delusion
Los Angeles Times, October 21, 2008

Makers of Modern Architecture
I.D., February 07, 2008

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I.D., February 07, 2008

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Los Angeles Times, December 23, 2007

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Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2007

Edward Tufte's Beautiful Evidence
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Baseball Before We Knew It
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Small Scale, Big Change
Architectural Review, October 25, 2010

Center of Controversy
Architectural Review, September 22, 2010

The Eighty Years War in Ninety Minutes
Mediaite, July 10th, 2010

The Virtues & Perils of Design Thinking
Architect, July 8, 2010

Last Stop on the Way to Ellis Island
Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2010

The Architect 50: #1 SOM
Architect, April 28, 2010

A Clean Slate
Dwell, March 2010

When Artists "Borrow"
Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2010

The Aughts in Architecture & Design
Mediaite, December 11th, 2009

Lessons on the Art of Diplomacy
Huffington Post, October 21, 2009

The Art of Diplomacy
Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2009

What Barack Obama Can Learn from Peter Paul Rubens
Mediaite, October 10th, 2009

Next Door, New York
Print, October 2009

Ron Arad at MoMA
I.D., September 21, 2009

Play Ball
Metropolis, July 22, 2009

Bleacher Bummers
I.D., April 08, 2009

Bombs Away: A New Home for the Jets
I.D., February 2009

Clean & Clear: Chris Hacker Remakes J&J
I.D., April 22, 2008

Reflections on the Baseball Encyclopedia
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2008

The End of the Yankees Dynasty?
Slate, October 9, 2007

Taser's New Stunner
I.D./Business Week, July 9, 2007

Seven Days in Frankfurt
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