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SOS BRUTALISM—Save the Concrete Monsters! was open at the Yale School of Architecture from August 25 to December 10, 2022.
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.
In Praise of Caves: Organic Architecture Projects from Mexico by Carlos Lazo, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O’Gorman, and Javier Senosiain, curated by Dakin Hart, was on view at the Noguchi Museum from October 19, 2022 to February 26, 2023.
On finding optimism at the Noguchi Museum
Who Is the City For?: Architecture, Equity, and the Public Realm in Chicago by Blair Kamin, with photography by Lee Bey. University of Chicago Press, 312 pp., $29.
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.
Working-Class Utopias: A History of Cooperative Housing in New York City by Robert M. Fogelson. Princeton University Press, 408 pp. $40
Freedomland: Co-op City and the Story of New York by Annemarie H. Sammartino. Cornell University Press, 320 pp., $33
A pair of new books takes stock of Co-op City’s idealistic origins, brutal challenges, and lasting successes.
A Chance at Intimacy
My Kid Can’t Do That
ChatGPT has no sensory organs, but it asserts that architecture is “a material and tactile experience.”