Kate Wagner

Architecture Critic

@mcmansionhell

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

DALL-E's passable attempt at a modernist apartment block.

No, AI Is Not “Disrupting” Architecture No, AI Is Not “Disrupting” Architecture

It’s just making it that much less interesting.

Mar 17, 2023 / Kate Wagner

Liberating Our Homes From the Real Estate–Industrial Complex

Liberating Our Homes From the Real Estate–Industrial Complex Liberating Our Homes From the Real Estate–Industrial Complex

Having a personal aesthetic at home has become financially detrimental.

Mar 13, 2023 / Kate Wagner

Why Does Utopian Architecture Suck?

Why Does Utopian Architecture Suck? Why Does Utopian Architecture Suck?

Our plans to rethink the built environment keep going awry.

Jul 14, 2021 / Feature / Kate Wagner

Reckoning With the Man Who Sold Architecture to the Masses

Reckoning With the Man Who Sold Architecture to the Masses Reckoning With the Man Who Sold Architecture to the Masses

A new biography explores how Philip Johnson’s career transformed architecture into the celebrity-obsessed and market-driven field it’s become. 

Jan 29, 2019 / Books & the Arts / Kate Wagner

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