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Architecture news and analysis from The Nation
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.
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.”
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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.
November 25, 2015
Is Serious Landscape Painting Still Possible?
Maureen Gallace’s fresh and enigmatic work indicates that it is.
November 9, 2015
Standing Up for Migrant Workers in the Gulf, 1 Installation at a Time
For the artists in the activist group Gulf Labor, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi epitomizes the conquest of art by corporate interests.
October 22, 2015
Letters From the November 9, 2015, Issue
Inside out and outside in… Gates’s gilded gospel… obstacle illusions…
October 1, 2015
Why Has Criticism of the Whitney Been Unmoored?
It shouldn’t be surprising that the museum’s new building looks most like… a building.