The network probably enjoys the building’s intimidation factor.

If nature takes its revenge but no one is around to witness it, will it be beautiful?

ChatGPT has no sensory organs, but it asserts that architecture is “a material and tactile experience.”

A plan to get post-pandemic New York back on track lacks imagination.

Catty Corner

Our Catty Corner columnist ponders the war on cars.

Observations on New York’s sky-high columbaria of burnt money

On the surprisingly enduring resonance of the shopping center

Nan Goldin wants to pump you up.

Wrecking Ball

The MTA thinks it can teach us something about beauty. Get outta here!


In which a nascent futurist, seasoned operator, and master craftsman attends to his legends

Blair Kamin’s “activism” is carefully modulated and deeply liberal in that it wants to preserve the status quo—in this case, a beautiful city skyline.

A pair of new books takes stock of Co-op City’s idealistic origins, brutal challenges, and lasting successes.

  • Radical Pedagogies, edited by Beatriz Colomina, Ignacio G. Galán, Evangelos Kotsioris, and Anna-Maria Meister. MIT Press, 416 pp., $60

Architecture builds norms, and Radical Pedagogies’ project is to question the discipline’s fundamental assumptions.

Just as the theory that image-based feeds instigated the brutalism revival never quite checked out, neither does SOS Brutalism’s stated raison d’être.

On the too-muchness of “New York: 1962–1964”

  • Edward Hopper’s New York, curated by Kim Conaty with Melinda Lang, was on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art from October 19, 2022, to March 5, 2023.

For Edward Hopper, New York was a fount of sights that he never tired of seeing or, indeed, painting.

The Architecture of Disability uses the lens of disability to reevaluate received architectural histories and speculate on a more inclusive architectural environment.

On finding optimism at the Noguchi Museum



Lower East Side — A DJ was stationed at the back of the shop; readers were hunched over stacks of the spiral-bound publication, while others were carefully assembling BDSM rope flowers.
SoHo — At the closing event of “Parallel Rules,” the audience couldn’t help but dazzle at the technical virtuosity on display.
Houston — “We almost called this lecture ‘Enjoy Architecture.’”
New Haven — “[The monument] came into fruition through a collective desire to face the past.”
Brooklyn Navy Yard — “The scandal isn’t the sex.”
LAGUARDIA PLACE — Much of the abolitionist agenda lies in the hands of policy-makers. Still, is there really nothing architects can do?
Zoom — A jargon-light but policy-forward conversation on housing ended with suggestions for further reading and tempered optimism.
ZOOM — “The university believes it will be fine without faculty, so maybe faculty [should] ask ourselves if we can be fine without the university.”
Hamilton Heights — In a bottom drawer, she found an unfinished novel (“kinda trashy”) Berman had penned in the mid-1960s, involving romantic love and the Weather Underground.