Nicholas Raap


An authority on skyscraper design spoke to a crowd at the National Arts Club about the ins-and-outs of this “fundamental building block of the modern city.”

A real-life New York archidrama crosses the footlights.

Design-types flocked to Citygroup for the opening of The Great Outdoors, a taxonomy of New York’s dining sheds.

…many heads buried in fresh issues.

“…as though architecture qua architecture can do anything about any of that.”

The librarian just wanted to see what it was about.

“I came more from conceptual art, and the thing lived and died on its own merits. Before you theorized it, it had to be done first.”

“It’s about you speaking to the residents,” Karen Blondel told the architects in the audience. “You really have to do your work and talk to the residents.”

The discursive ghosts of well-worn debates occasionally lingered

“The spectacle of ‘man’s achievements …progress, optimism, power.’”

“How do we situate the problem of the modern?” asked Elisa Iturbe.


The 3,000+ strikers had five primary demands…

“Critique means that you are transforming the framework, exploring its contradictions…and every crack you see, you punch it.”

For Patrik Schumacher, cyberspace is another infrastructure—like architecture—which sustains societal order and communicative systems, and so its design should be the purview of the architect

“Cultivation is often an expression of power.”

According to Nayan Shah, racial and class differences have been woven into policies and perspectives about health security.


24 Oct

6:30 p.m. EDT
Oct 24, 2023
School of the Visual Arts Department of Design Research, Writing and Criticism & New York Review of Architecture