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Archive: August 2010


Lunch with the Critics: Park51 & 15 Penn

For this second installment of Lunch with the Critics, Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange traveled to midtown to visit the Hotel Pennsylvania, across from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden on Seventh Avenue.

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At Home with Bob & Denise

Over the weekend I had the very good fortune to spend an afternoon with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown at their home in suburban Philadelphia.

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Eero Saarinen at 100

Eero Saarinen, who died prematurely in 1961, would have been 100 years old today. (I hadn't noticed; a friend pointed it out on Twitter.) So much ink has been spilled about Saarinen in recent years, including by me and his best work seems so fresh, that it's hard to believe he's been gone for nearly half a century. 


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The End of the Worldport as We Know It

A couple of weeks ago we learned that I.M. Pei's JFK Terminal 6 was slated for replacement. Today comes news that the Delta (originally Pan Am) Worldport, aka Terminal 3, is to meet the wrecking ball.

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Philip Johnson's "Lost" Archive

Yes, there's an archive of Johnson material for sale. Was it unknown? The Times seems to think so, but just about anyone who knows anything about Johnson was aware of it and that it was in the possession of Raj Ahuja, a former partner who had won it in a judicial settlement with John Burgee, another partner.

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Lou Kahn's Trenton Bath Houses: The Best Buildings in New Jersey?

Lou Kahn's Bath Houses in Trenton, NJ, the best buildings in the state?

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

Last Stop on the Way to Ellis Island
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The Architect 50: #1 SOM
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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
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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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