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Architecture news and analysis from The Nation
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?
October 11, 2017
A Shimmery Cube
What is the science behind how we experience architecture?
June 29, 2017
Letters From the July 17-14, 2017, Issue
unpopular… Subject, verb… violence… DNC MIA… Applause for Merkley… Perriello: promise and peril… Thoughtful space… Top keavy…
May 18, 2017
The Mysticism of Louis Kahn
After walking through the buildings he designed, it is impossible to imagine a world without them.
February 3, 2017
Jane Jacobs’s Radical Vision of Humanity
For the great urbanist and social critic, the planning of cities was always an ad hoc affair.
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July 26, 2016
The Donald Trump Blueprint
Trump inhabits interiors in lieu of an interior life and shows them off with hyperbolic self-celebration. Gilt by association!
June 8, 2016
The Genius of Jane Jacobs, Who Changed the Way We Think About Cities
She argued in favor of local wisdom and community visions over the grandiose designs of distant planners.
Roberta Brandes Gratz
April 6, 2016
The Cathedral at Ground Zero
Understanding the prosody of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s construction also requires an accounting of its extravagance.
December 27, 2015
December 27, 1932: Radio City Music Hall Opens
“All at once there is a vast firmament overhead, and a great distance stretching out under it.”
December 3, 2015
What Happens to the Right of Public Assembly in the Absence of Public Space?
The mentality of traffic engineering cripples mass transit, and free speech, in New York City.