The years since WWII have seen a rapid increase in international organizations advocating standardization of many aspects of the built environment (such as I.S.O.). What do you think accounts for this increase? What are the consequences of this for cities? And how are these organizations held accountable for… » 12/18/14 9:45am 12/18/14 9:45am

Architecture + Fashion: OMA And Prada's History Of Collaboration

The distance between contemporary architecture and fashion is continually narrowing, whether it’s Zaha designing shoes (for United Nude) or Zaha designing perfume bottles(for Donna Karan). Most of these architect-designer collaborations are one-offs, but the partnership between Prada and OMA/AMO has gone on for more… » 8/06/13 2:40pm 8/06/13 2:40pm

Peter Versus Peter: Eisenman And Zumthor's Theoretical Throwdown

Peter Eisenman and Peter Zumthor are among the titans of architecture, both known for their iconic work and their distinctive personalities. Eisenman, of course, has the longer track record, having emerged into notoriety as early as the 1960s with his strong interest in architecture theory, his personal ties to such… » 8/01/13 5:56pm 8/01/13 5:56pm

A Secret Museum Hidden Inside An Elevator

There is a secret one-room museum tucked away in a Tribeca freight elevator. With 80 square feet split between display space, a shop, and a cafe, it could appear on a list of the world’s smallest museums, though its featured exhibitions are far more expansive. Among the featured collections this season are “Objects… » 7/23/13 11:21am 7/23/13 11:21am

The Real Architecture Of DC: News From The Capital Of Controversy

Is the sun setting on Washington, D.C.’s sublime brutalist heritage? It sure seems that way, as a new wave of conservative design thinking dominates city discussions and projects. Several major brutalist icons are already doomed, while others are in severe danger of being subsumed by the wave of chrome-and-glass… » 7/12/13 4:48pm 7/12/13 4:48pm

Colorful Camouflage: Painting Buildings Brushes Problems Under The Rug

The movement to provide increased affordable housing in cities across the world is gaining momentum as the pace of rural to urban migration continues to accelerate. The internal reorganization of populations, coupled with rising property prices in ever-more prosperous cities, leads to the pricing out of existing… » 7/12/13 12:32pm 7/12/13 12:32pm