The Bush Library
My first review
as architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News
ran this past weekend, an examination of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The complex houses three functions — a library, a museum, and a policy institute. The design is by Bob Stern, with landscaping and an attached park by Michael Van Valkenburgh.
The Story of Seagram
About fifteen years ago, when I was an editor at Princeton Architectural Press, I asked Phyllis Lambert to write a short introduction to a book of Ezra Stoller photographs of the Seagram Building. Deeply immersed in the research for the show and book that would become Mies in America
, she declined my offer. I recall, also, her mentioning that she planned to write something on the building herself in the future, something substantial. Now we have that book: Building Seagram
, a unique hybrid that is at once a work of the highest architectural scholarship, a memoir, and an argument for civic responsibility.
How to Design an Iconic NY Fast Food Joint
The best hot dog in New York? That's a no-brainer: Papaya King. Even Julia Child said so. "Tastier than filet mignon," is the mantra at its iconic Eighty-sixth Street storefront, a neon-decked, mustard-yellow institution since the 1930s. In a few short weeks, this signature New York establishment will be coming downtown for the first time, to a storefront on St. Mark's Place. Great news, but how do you design an outpost of a legendary fast-food joint without losing its character?