What If?: The Unbuilt Legacy
Architect, March 2017
Unbuilt projects loom large, but what if they had been built?
Take a Seat
American Craft Magazine, February/March 2017
An interview about chairs.
How One Chair Rocked its Way into Hearts and History
1stdibs, January 9, 2017.
A short history of the rocking chair.
Revisiting Kleinhans Music Hall
Architect, November 2016.
Eliel Saarinen designs a great space for music.
Seven Chairs That Changed the World
Architectural Digest, August 25, 2016.
Short but sweet.
Paris Review, August 23, 2016.
Excerpt of Now I Sit Me Down
Rethinking the Concert Hall
Why we should be building more Carnegie Halls.
Architect, May 2016.
Biography of a Building
Understanding Norman Foster through the Sainsbury Centre.
Architect, February 2016.
The Campus as Petting Zoo
Why continuity is better than variety.
Architect, January 2016.
The Biographer’s Elusive Quest
Why architects’ lives are a challenge to document.
Architect, November 2015.
Remembering the Rosenwald Schools
A mighty D-I-Y project from the segregation era.
Architect, September 2015.
A Tale of Two Colleges
Architectural ideas age as surely as buildings.
Architect, July 2015.
The Enduring Legacy of Paimio
How Alvar Aalto set the benchmark for hospital design.
Architect, June 2015.
Our urban memorials are growing larger and that is a bad thing.
The European, posted May 20, 2015
KieranTimberlake’s New Sandbox
What makes for a better workplace?
Architect, May 2015.
The Late, Great Paul Cret
The low-key master
New York Times, T Magazine, posted October 21, 2014.
Building the Brand
Three architects add to the historic campus of the Harvard Business School
Architect, October 2014.
Rebuilding the Mack
The pros and cons of historic preservation
The American Scholar, Fall 2014.
Engineering a Tradition
Ian Ritchie’s new book prompts a reflection on High Tech
Architect, August 2014
In Praise of LACMA’s Vulgar Architecture
Replacing faithful old buildings with trophy-wife architecture is a bad idea.
Zócalo Public Square, posted July 14, 2014
The Franchising of Architecture
Globilization is a good thing, isn’t it?
New York Times T Magazine, posted June 11, 2014.
The Art of the Aerie
Where is Raymond Hood now that we need him?
Architect, posted May 1, 2014
Tadao Ando and the Dream of a Perfect Chair
Why architects are challenged by chair design
Architect, April 2014
The Picture Frame, Not the Picture
Bing Thom’s Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas
Canadian Architect, February 2014
Obama and His Library: Go Small
New York Times, February 19, 2014
A review of Robert A. M. Stern’s history of the garden suburb
Posted on Designers & Books December 6, 2013.
Renzo Piano’s addition to the Kimbell Art Museum. Thumbs up.
Architect, posted November 18, 2013.
Behind the Façade
My impressions of Poundbury, the town that Prince Charles built
Architect, November 2013
The Louis Kahn Archive at Penn
Drawings, models, photos and much more
Posted on Designers & Books, November 14, 2013
The Houses of Louis Kahn
Brief book review on Designers & Books, posted November 6, 2013
The Best Advice for Biographers
What Stacy Schiff told me
The American Scholar, posted October 28, 2013
Ideas about Architecture
An excerpt of How Architecture Works in the October 2013 issue of The Yale Review
If you have access to the TYR site, you can read it here
What Makes a Building Memorable?
An excerpt from How Architecture Works in Metropolis magazine, posted October 2013
Revisiting a groundbreaking housing development of the 1980s.
Architect, August 2013
A New Detroit Needs Four Cylinders, Not Eight
Bankruptcy may offer an opportunity to shrink the city
Bloomberg View, posted July 23, 2013
Lost Among the Algorithms
My take on parametric design
Architect, June 2013
The Spirit of Campus Past
Why Bob Stern adopted the Federal style at Penn
Change Over Time 3.1, Spring 2013.
If you have access to Muse, you can read it here.
The Zen Master
Bing Thom makes the A-list
The Walrus, June 2013
Article on Home, 25 years later
Apartamento, Winter 2012-13.
No link to article, but the Milan-based magazine’s website is here.
Rem Koolhaas and Peter Bohlin face off in Seattle
Architecture, May 2013
Creating a New Suburban Town Center
Wharton Real Estate Review, Spring 2012
Two Decades of Design and Development
Wharton Real Estate Review, Spring 2012
Civility and Architectural Propriety
Chapter in Civility and Democracy in America: A Reasonable Understanding, Cornell W. Clayton & Richard Elgar, eds.
University of Washington Press, 2012
A Humble Architect
Moshe Safdie and Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum
The Walrus, October 2012. Nominated for a Canadian National Magazine Award.
When should architects retire?
Arquitetura e Urbanismo
The Dawn of Market Urbanism
Wilson Quarterly, Summer 2012
Watch my conversation with Moshe Safdie on stage at Penn
I like Ike (and His Memorial)
New York Times, March 23, 2012
Quoted on the future of the single-family home by Forbes.com
Watch my conversation with Bing Thom on-stage at Penn
Philadelphia Inquirer, January 27, 2012
Interview with WR about Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 chair
Slate, December 21, 2011
After 7 years, my last Slate column
Interview on cities and city life
Prevailing over Technology
Joel Garreau’s Prevail Project at Arizona State University, December 1, 2012
Postmodernism had a positive effect on architecture. Really.
Slate, November 17, 2011.
Civil and Architectural Propriety
Wharton Real Estate Review, Fall 2011.
Review of Siegfried Giedion’s Mechanization Takes Command
Harvard Design Magazine, No. 34, 2011
Black Holes: the 9/11 memorial
Slate, September 7, 2011
The Blast-Proof City
Foreign Policy, September 2, 2011
Sorry, This Entrance Is Closed
Slate, August 3, 2011
Airline seats and design
Slate, June 8, 2011
Bringing the High Line back to earth
New York Times, May 15, 2011
The death of the McMansion
Slate, May 11, 2011
Density and the American city
Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2011
My take on computers and architecture
Slate, March 30, 2011
A pertinent essay from the Atlantic archive
Atlantic, October, 1995
How to Save Dying Cities
Slate, March 9, 2011
Slate, February 2, 2011
Books Every Architect Should Read
Designers & Books, February 1, 2011
Penn Book Center, January 28, 2011
Express Night Out, January 20, 2011
The Great Recession’s effect on architecture
Slate, January 13, 2011
BBC World News, January 11, 2011
Dwell, January 1, 2011
Slate, December 15, 2010
Remembering Student Days
McGill University, December 15, 2010
Tall Buildings, Short Architects
Slate, December 2, 2010
Huffington Post, November 30, 2010
A Polish translation of “Why We Live in Houses Anyway”
autoportret, No.2, 2010
An empty Guggenheim Museum
Slate, April 14, 2010
Why planning is not the answer to our troubled cities
Slate, March 31, 2010
The tallest building in the world
Slate, January 13, 2010
On Christopher Alexander
Slate, December 2, 2009
On the new Barnes
Slate, October 14, 2009
Why cities are green
Atlantic, October 2009
Too much Frank Gehry is too much
Slate, September 23, 2009
1967, A Polish visit
Cosmopolitan Review, August 15, 2009
On language and friendship
American Scholar, Summer 2009.
How high is your ceiling?
Slate, May 20, 2009.