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.

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.