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Attention Shoppers: Architects On Sale!

We know autoworkers were slammed during the Great Recession. But also spare a thought - if you will - for those once-celebrated creative types who ruled the design world, made big bucks and graced the society and style pages. Yes, we mean architects, who are, sad to say, suffering. According to the Bureau of Labor... Continue Reading »

Mid-Century for Sale

If you've always craved a Mid-Century Modern home, now might be the time to embrace your inner Rob Petrie. Even Mad Men mania, it seems, can't keep the once-booming market for classic MCM houses safe from the roiling real estate market - including architect Richard Neutra's iconic Kaufmann house in Palm Springs. The... Continue Reading »

Revisiting Venturi and Brown's Las Vegas

You know the phrase, "less is more." How about "less is a bore"? For the first, thank modernist architect Mies van der Rohe, whose pared down, minimalist glass-and-steel buildings and rigid rules on form and function ushered in the age of strict modernism. Then came the reversal from then-Yale architecture professors... Continue Reading »

Frank Gehry, Closet Minimalist?

Frank Gehry has assumed "starchitect" status thanks to his iconic, deconstructivist buildings, their facades fractured by contradictory waves and angles. Architecture, he has said, should "provide a beautiful context for life's drama." But turns out, Gehry prefers to leave the drama at his doorstep. What's startling... Continue Reading »

After Disaster, Residents Rebuild Green

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which tore through New Orleans on Aug. 28, 2005, architects and city planners had an opportunity to rebuild a major U.S. city in a thoughtful, sustainable way. But more than four years later, New Orleans is still struggling with the nation's highest rates of murder and child... Continue Reading »

The Art of Diplomacy

Gwathmey Siegel's new 22-story U.S. Mission to the United Nations has inspired ire in the hearts of many architecture critics since its unveiling. Designed to "transcend strict programmatic and technical constraints, and become a compelling and representative landmark for architecture and democracy," per the firm's own... Continue Reading »

Tiny Homes of the Future

A pair of New Yorkers living in a 175-square-foot studio might just be the wave of the future. Zaarath and Christopher Prokop don't cook in their own kitchen. They "store" most of their clothes at dry cleaners. A cappuccino machine is their only kitchen appliance, and a cat-gym and a queen-sized bed are almost the only... Continue Reading »

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