Kate Wagner

Architecture Critic

@mcmansionhell

Kate Wagner is The Nation’s architecture critic and a journalist based in Chicago and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Why Houses Don’t Look Like Houses Anymore

Why Houses Don’t Look Like Houses Anymore Why Houses Don’t Look Like Houses Anymore

Aggregated real estate listings like Zillow have distorted our understanding of what makes a house a home.

Sep 19, 2023 / Mic Drop / Kate Wagner

A “For Lease” sign on a storefront in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago on Friday, May 12, 2023.

On Gentrification, We Don’t Know What We’re Talking About On Gentrification, We Don’t Know What We’re Talking About

Rather than understand gentrification as a systemic issue, the term has simply become an insult people throw around. Rather than understand gentrification as a systemic issue, the...

Sep 5, 2023 / The Argument / Kate Wagner

Renowned architect David Adjaye

Architecture’s Labor Problem Architecture’s Labor Problem

The field tolerates misogyny, racism, and worker exploitation. No wonder it produced David Adjaye.

Jul 31, 2023 / Kate Wagner

Lessons From the Catastrophic Failure of the Metaverse

Lessons From the Catastrophic Failure of the Metaverse Lessons From the Catastrophic Failure of the Metaverse

Did the “creative class” learn anything from buying into a product that was obviously destined to flop?

Jul 3, 2023 / Mic Drop / Kate Wagner

Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y.

Stop Gatekeeping Architecture Stop Gatekeeping Architecture

We all inhabit, and therefore participate in, the built environment.

Apr 7, 2023 / Kate Wagner

Forget AI—We Need More Clip Art

Forget AI—We Need More Clip Art Forget AI—We Need More Clip Art

We used to scoff at it, but in an age of relentless commodification, it now seems like a democratizing force.

Apr 4, 2023 / Kate Wagner

Single-Stair Layouts Are Not Going to Fix the Housing Crisis

Single-Stair Layouts Are Not Going to Fix the Housing Crisis Single-Stair Layouts Are Not Going to Fix the Housing Crisis

They’re a good idea, but they’re not going to liberate us from capitalism.

Mar 31, 2023 / Kate Wagner

Bicyclists Deserve the Right to Free Movement

Bicyclists Deserve the Right to Free Movement Bicyclists Deserve the Right to Free Movement

US infrastructure is unnecessarily dangerous for bike riders. There’s a better way.

Mar 28, 2023 / Kate Wagner

You Can’t Even Tell Who’s Rich Anymore

You Can’t Even Tell Who’s Rich Anymore You Can’t Even Tell Who’s Rich Anymore

Billionaires dress like the guy next door, which elides the fact of our ever-worsening inequality.

Mar 24, 2023 / Kate Wagner

We Cannot Countenance Windowless Bedrooms

We Cannot Countenance Windowless Bedrooms We Cannot Countenance Windowless Bedrooms

Sunlight is not an amenity; it’s a basic human necessity.

Mar 21, 2023 / Kate Wagner

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