These strangely situated places of worship were designed to be read in close proximity and relationship to their neighbors.

I always see buildings through the lens of people—the people who wanted to see them through and the people who had to because there wasn’t anyone else.

After a fire damaged a small Sunset Park church in 1947, the congregation asked Alvar Aalto to lead the redesign. The world-famous architect agreed, and then the drawings disappeared.

New York’s new observatories offer an exalted vision of the self. It’s an ugly image.