Nevermind the Masterpiece
What's your "Masterpiece of Everyday New York"? A broken umbrella? A shirtwaist? Discarded gum?
The Incidental Pleasures of Street Art
Sprawling, evolving, accreting: a collection of recent street art photos from Portugal and Spain.
In praise of street art that draws attention to more than just itself.
Chinese Propaganda Posters
Accidental Mysteries for May 26, 2013 focuses on vintage Chinese propaganda posters.
On a retrospective of the work of midcentury sculptor Ruth Asawa at Christie's, her first solo show in New York in 50 years.
Portlandia + Timelessness
No better place to consider what looks timeless now than downtown Portland.
Instagramming Around Australia
Lessons from contemporary Australian architecture, plus what I saw on Instagram.
Patterns of Houston
How do you critique the urbanism of Houston? Look for patterns.
Accidental Mysteries, 02.17.13
Accidental Mysteries for February 17, 2013 focuses on the material culture of the Cold War.
Ed Ruscha's forward to Sign Painters
, a new book from Princeton Architectural Press.
High (Line) Anxiety
Is the High Line above criticism?
Up From Zero, the Novel
A post-9/11 fiction scooped by reality.
Publication Studio: What’s It Like?
On any given day the storefront is home to book production, bookstore, endless packing and shipping, a half-dozen hangers-on, curious drop-ins, lost tourists: a composite day in the life of Publication Studio, Portland.
Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists
It was not until 1958 when Lester Beall’s Freedom of the Press was issued, that a (future) AIGA Medalist would design an official government postage stamp.
Beauty on the Border
Stop-you-in-your-tracks beauty on the US/Canada border.
Thomas de Monchaux
In Search of Sukkah City
Sukkah City: NYC, a design/build architecture competition taking place at Union Square Park in New York City, Fall of 2010.
Has the High Line Ruined Us?
I went to Brooklyn Bridge Park
on opening day in the pouring rain with stroller.
What's to Be Done with Governors Island?
I wish that the New Yorker had written a visioning story, talking about what role the Governors Island could play in the New New York.
When Design Gets in the Way
When it comes to fulfilling simple human desires, can design get in the way? A call for more incrementalism in design.
While it's true that the events of 9/11 have begotten a good number of ill-conceived memorials, the latest, set for unveiling today at the Yankees' spring training home in Tampa, might just be the least successful, artistically.