Articles in Architecture & Design
Not everything should have to prove its market worth. We need places that serve no utilitarian function and exist only to be interesting.
From Thoreau to Marie Kondo, there have periodically been movements encouraging us to make do with less. Is this a healthy rejection of consumerism or a demand for bleak austerity?
Attacking homeless people with spikes is morally tantamount to assault. Designers should not be permitted to incorporate the threat of pain into the built environment.
The late architectural theorist Christopher Alexander offered a vision for a livable future.
Around the world, when cities are overcrowded, governments have orchestrated the building of new cities. In the U.S., this seems absurd or utopian. Why?
In the early 1900s, a strange and wonderful planning fad caught on. It can still help us think about building livable places.
A town with no people is not a town, but a deathly museum.
We need to build places we can’t stop looking at. It will involve lots of plants.
On the coming and necessary abolition of the tower.
Pro-development activists try to trick you into thinking it helps the poor to destroy neighborhoods to make way for luxury condos. We need a radically democratic preservationism.
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