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Architecture news and analysis from The Nation
December 21, 2022
The Most Dangerous Architect in America
Gregory Ain wanted to create social housing in Los Angeles. Dogged by the FBI, his hope for more egalitarian architecture never came to be.
September 14, 2022
The Half Measures of Public Health Architecture
To build better cities, architects must not only take on projects related to our health; they must confront the contradictions of their plutocratic funding model.
August 25, 2022
Searching for Local Identity in “The Bear” and “Chicago Party Aunt”
The FX drama and Netflix animation both attempt to embody the city of Chicago. That’s an increasingly difficult task when the city itself is a jumbled simulacrum of its own past.
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.”
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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.
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.