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Special Issue: Utopias
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Architecture news and analysis from The Nation
July 14, 2021
Why Does Utopian Architecture Suck?
Our plans to rethink the built environment keep going awry.
April 21, 2021
Letter From Italy
“It’s as quiet in our street as it was a year ago.”
April 2, 2020
In Memoriam: Michael Sorkin, 1948–2020
Michael Sorkin was
’s architecture critic from 2013 to 2020.
May 7, 2019
Living in the Shadow of Notre Dame
I remained in shock, horrified at the devastation so close to me, in the heart of Paris.
April 22, 2019
The Bare Ruined Choirs of Notre Dame
This monument to medieval faith will surely be rebuilt—by the techno-mobilization of capitalist individualism.
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April 17, 2019
The Burning of Notre Dame Is Not Just a Tragedy—It’s an Opportunity
It’s an occasion to a consider a more expansive idea of what it means to be French.
April 16, 2019
Grieving for Notre Dame
The church embodies a civilization, and had it been erased from the earth—as thankfully it has not been, as it now appears—the loss would have been irretrievable.
January 29, 2019
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.
January 9, 2019
Beyond the Wall: A Q&A With Wendy Brown
For the Berkeley political-science professor, border walls signify a population in distress.
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November 30, 2017
What Does It Mean to Remember AIDS?
We’ve seen a flood of retrospective projects about AIDS—from books to dance to architecture and art. But who is being remembered? And why?