Fred A. Bernstein


Fred Bernstein has degrees in architecture (from Princeton University) and law (from NYU) and writes about both subjects. He lives in New York City and has two sons.

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The Undaunting Courage of Rio's Gay Crusader

The late David Miranda, in his prime

Published in Out, May 11, 2018test!

Glenn Greenwald: Life Beyond Borders

The controversial journalist and activist opens the (guarded) gate of his Rio de Janeiro home

Published in Out, April 18, 2011test!

Why Patti Smith and I Like the Smithsonian

Because of Hide/Seek, its brave and beautiful show on sexual identity

Published in Out, December 14, 2010test!

A Natural Spirit

In Central Washington State, Painter Leo Adams unveils his masterpiece: a house that gives new life to found objects

Published in Metropolitan Home, May 2003test!

Why Architecture Critics Must Ask About Embodied Energy

Because our lives depend on it!

Published Architect, October 31, 2019test!

Robert Irwin's 'Barcelona Pavilion for the 21st Century'

A thrilling installation at the Dia Center for the Arts explores tranlucency; it's like seeing snow for the first time.

Published in Blueprint, December 1998test!

Meet Chatham Towers, New York's Architects' Aerie

Published in Curbed, March 1, 2019test!

Taking a Holistic Approach to Embodied Carbon

A sobering look at how designing a building to meet Passive House standards affects its overall energy use.

Published in Architectural Record, October 10, 2022test!

Negative Energy and (Dis)embodied Carbon VIDEO

Ignoring embodied carbon lets architects, developers and even architecture schools call wasteful buildings "green"

Published in Speeches / talks, November 11, 2021test!

Negative Energy and (Dis)embodied Carbon WRITTEN VERSION

Ignoring embodied carbon lets architects, developers and even architecture schools call wasteful buildings "green"

Published in Speeches / talks, November 11, 2021test!

Taking credit for trees planted elsewhere is a whole lot of embodied chutzpah

Can a house alone on a mountainside in British Columbia possibly be “climate positive,” as its architects and developer claim?

Published Dezeen, June 18, 2021test!

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's feature-filled Zaryadye Park opens in Moscow

Architecturally ambitous, it's also a model of international cooperation

Published in Architectural Record, September 12, 2017test!

What Price Honor?

A temple to honor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs damages perhaps the greatest modernist campus in the world. And it's by the campus's original architect, SOM

Published in Architectural Record, January 8, 2016test!

Altering the Definition of Green Could Weaken Efforts to Mitigate the Climate Crisis

Making buildings resilient does not slow climate change. Usually, the opposite is true.

 

Published ARCHDAILY, January 10, 2021test!

Sweet Sixteen Acres

My assessment of Ground Zero, in 2018

Published in Log, October 1, 2018test!

How Green Are Apple's Carbon-Sequestering Trees, Really?

Not as green as we might hope -- or as Apple might suggest

Published in The Architect's Newspaper, September 2007test!

A Park Grows in Moscow

Diller Scofidio + Renfro leads an international team of designers, working in the shadow of the Kremlin

Published in Blueprint, October 13, 2017test!

An Arch Installation in Miami's Design District

For Daniel Toole, a major commission while still in architecture school

Published in Architectural Digest, January 8, 2018test!

Frank Gehry Turns a Former Bank Building Into a Home for the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles

The project marks the nonagenarian architect's latest pro bono gig 

Published in Architectural Digest, August 11, 2021test!

An Icon in Eclipse? Let the Empire State Building Continue to Shine

The Empire State Building risks being obscured by lesser towers

Published in The Huffington Post, November 28, 2014test!

American Architecture 1945-1970: From Post-War to Post-Modern

(all that in 2,500 words)

Published in A+U (Japan), November 6, 2017test!

A Harbor Cruise, Under a Rainbow

Aboard the fireboat John J. Harvey

Published in The New York Times, July 26, 2002test!

Forget the Hype. Is Harvard's HouseZero Sustainable?

A very expensive experiment in creating an energy-efficient dwelling overlooks the impact of embodied energy

Published in Architectural Record, July 1, 2021test!

40 Years on Montgomery Place

On the street where I lived . . .

Published in The New York Times, October 22, 2002test!

The Side of North Korea That Isn't Making Headlines

A country of candy-colored architecture. Who knew? (Oliver Wainwright did.)

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), July 28, 2018test!

Architects Remember the 1964-65 World's Fair

One after another, architects who grew up in New York in the sixties recall how the fair inspired them

Published in Architectural Record, May 30, 2014test!

The Innovative Brooklyn Architects Paving the Way for a New Generation

Fourteen years after founding their experimental practice, the architects of SO–IL hit their stride

Published in Architectural Digest, February 14, 2022test!

The Punctured Sky: New York's Architectural Heritage

A history of New York City architecture: the last 150 years in 4,500 words

Published in Books, April 16, 2008test!

Lighting Matches in Cuba on the 4th of July

The U.S. "ambassador" makes her presence known

Published in The New York Times, July 4, 2002test!

Gordon Matta-Clark's Indelible Influence on Architecture

His subtractive approach has countless applications

Published in Architectural Digest, November 25, 2017test!

How Diller Scofidio + Renfro Have Reshaped Manhattan's Contemporary Cultural Landscape

And What's Next for These Hometown Heroes?

Published in Architectural Digest, December 10, 2019test!

The Many Dimensions of Roberto Burle Marx

Should the great landscape architect be recognized for more than his astounding parks and gardens?

Published Architect, April 10, 2016test!

MASS Design Group's Lynching Memorial Is Powerful and Tragic

The saddest of American crimes evokes the best in American architetcture

Published in Architectural Digest, April 22, 2018test!

A Planned Expansion of the New Museum

OMA's design seems to hit all its marks

Published in Architectural Digest, June 27, 2019test!

Immigrant Architect: I.M. Pei (China)

Published in Architectural Digest, January 15, 2018test!

Immigrant Architect: Elizabeth Diller (Poland)

Published in Architectural Digest, February 16, 2018test!

Immigrant Architect: Denise Scott Brown (South Africa)

Published in Architectural Digest, January 12, 2018test!

Immigrant Architect: Vishaan Chakrabarti (India)

Published in Architectural Digest, May 7, 2018test!

Immigrant Architect: Toshiko Mori (Japan)

Published in Architectural Digest, March 18, 2018test!

My New App: Splainer

Uber and Tinder are just the app-etizers

Published in Metropolitan Home, May 31, 2016test!

Immigrant Architect: Kevin Roche (Ireland)

Published in Architectural Digest, March 22, 2018test!

Immigrant Architect: Sandro Marpillero (Italy)

Published in Architectural Digest, March 9, 2018test!

Immigrant Architect: Amale Andraos (Lebanon)

Published in Architectural Digest, February 1, 2018test!

Immigrant Architect: Kulapat Yantrasast (Thailand)

Published in Architectural Digest, January 25, 2018test!

Concrete Makes a Comeback

Following the lead of Tadao Ando, architects raise pouring concrete to an art form

Published in Interior Design, November 7, 2014test!

Immigrant Architect: Anda Andrei (Romania)

Published in Architectural Digest, April 10, 2018test!

A Congress for the Many, or the Few?

By performing "constituent services," senators and representatives short-circuit the democratic process, weakening separation of powers, equal protection, and other constitutional safeguards

Published in The New York Times, September 9, 2012test!

Glazing Over Manhattan

Too many glass buildings, and the city becomes just another banal office park

Published in Architectural Record, May 9, 2013test!

Critic Takes New Catholic Architecture to Task

Published in The New York Times, January 1, 2000test!

Immigrant Architect: Matthias Hollwich (Germany)

Published in Architectural Digest, March 16, 2018test!

Calatrava's New Saint Nicholas Church Opens at Ground Zero

A "national shrine" now hovers over the World Trade Center site

Published in Architectural Record, December 10, 2022test!

A Fellowship of Fabulists

The zany artistic duo of Kahn & Selesnick spin fantastical worlds that captivate collectors and critics alike

Published in Introspective (1stdibs), November 2021test!

Harry Bates obituary

Published in The New York Times, November 2, 2022test!

Apple versus Bloomberg

Only one of them can be "the greenest office building in the world"

Published in Architectural Digest, November 27, 2017test!

Ricardo Bofill obituary

Published in The New York Times, January 19, 2022test!

Paolo Soleri obituary

Published in The New York Times, January 10, 2013test!

Kali Is an Art World Sensation, 40 Years after She Hid Her Work Away

 
Published in Introspective (1stdibs), January 1, 2000test!

Robert Venturi obituary

Published in The New York Times, September 19, 2018test!

Leslie Robertson obituary

Published in The New York Times, February 11, 2021test!

Stanley Tigerman obituary

Published in The New York Times, June 4, 2019test!

John Johansen obituary

Published in The New York Times, October 26, 2012test!

Arakawa obituary

Published in The New York Times, May 20, 2010test!

Romaldo Giurgola obituary

Published in The New York Times, May 16, 2016test!

Gene Summers obituary

Published in The New York Times, December 20, 2011test!

Dan Rowen obituary

Published in The New York Times, November 23, 2009test!

Eero Saarinen's Better Half?

A new book gives Mrs. Saarinen too much credit, and its author, Eva Hagberg, too much space

Published in The Architect's Newspaper, September 12, 2022test!

James Polshek obituary

Published in Architectural Record, September 12, 2022test!

Frederic Schwartz obituary

Published in Architectural Record, April 29, 2004test!

Ed Feiner obituary

Published in Architectural Record, June 5, 2022test!

Kevin Lippert obituary

Published in Architectural Record, April 1, 2022test!

Christopher Alexander obituary

Published in Architectural Record, March 23, 2022test!

Gyo Obata obituary

Published in Architectural Record, March 11, 2022test!

Richard Rogers obituary

Published in Architectural Record, December 20, 2021test!

Kristen Richards obituary

Published in Architectural Record, July 2, 2021test!

Paulo Mendes de Rocha obituary

Published in Architectural Record, May 24, 2021test!

Terry Riley obituary

Published in Architectural Record, May 19, 2021test!

Art Gensler obituary

Published in Architectural Record, May 11, 2021test!

Helmut Jahn obituary

Published in Architectural Record, May 10, 2021test!

Hugh Newell Jacobson obituary

Published in Architectural Record, March 12, 2021test!

Will Alsop obituary

Published in Architectural Digest, May 14, 2018test!

David Marks obituary

Published in Architectural Digest, October 10, 2017test!

A Country of Micro-cribs and Mega-mansions

America's housing disparity grows worse

Published in The Huffington Post, December 2, 2011test!

In Zurich, a Building That Dances

Architect Manuel Herz taps into a long history of kinetic architecture

Published in T Magazine (The New York Times), August 14, 2018test!

Grace Farms, by SANAA

A Gossamer Serpent in New Canaan

Published in Blueprint, June 20, 2018test!

Letting the High Line Be the High Line

The gentle architecture of Phase Three

Published in Architectural Record, September 10, 2014test!

Architecture Firm Succession Plans

Can Frank Gehry's firm outlive its founder? Norman Foster's? Zaha Hadid's?

Published in Architectural Record, December 28, 2014test!

NYU Law School Commencement Speech

Published in Speeches / talks, May 9, 1994test!

Transparent's Creator

A few minutes with Jill Soloway

Published in Blackbook, August 16, 2014test!

Santiago Calatrava's Four Billion Dollar Mall

A review of the World Trade Center "Transit Hub"

Published in Blueprint, July 17, 2016test!

Commentary on Korach

Lessons on leadership from the Torah

Published in Synagogue, June 16, 2018test!

The Disruptors

Technologies that are changing how architects practice

Published in Architectural Record, May 31, 2018test!

How Giant Architecture Firms Encourage Design Excellence

Internal competition is one of several successul methods

Published in Interior Design, January 29, 2014test!

Saving L.A.'s Modernist Houses, One by One

This one's a gallery; that one's a publicly accessible private home

Published in Interior Design, May 1, 2014test!

The End of Sixties Architecture

Some buildings just couldn't be saved

Published in The New York Times, October 31, 2004test!

Starchitects on the Buildings That Influenced Them Most

Ando, Meier, Scott Brown, Decq, and others talk about their inspirations

Published in Architectural Record, April 13, 2016test!

Not All Couples Are Same-Sex or Opposite-Sex

Do you have to be male or female to be married?

Published in The Huffington Post, June 16, 2015test!

Bob Dylan's Mother

"He's a beautiful poet. But I don't think he was ever the greatest singer."

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, November 23, 1990test!

Gene Simmons's Mother

The Holocaust survivor who birthed a rock star

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, November 23, 1990test!

Harvey Fierstein's mother

"Is Harvey gay? I don't know. I don't sleep with him."

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, November 21, 1990test!

A Proposal for the Next New York World's Fair

It will be great for the city's economy, its infrastructure, and its reputation

Published in Design Observer, November 13, 2011test!

Why The City Needs to Save a House in the East Village

Without the old brick house, it's glass-on-glass

Published in Design Observer, October 13, 2011test!

We Have a Family Welder

Arthur Cotton Moore designs a curvy metal house to test his theories

Published in The New York Times, September 24, 2000test!

Vito Acconci

"I can't stand art. I never could," the former artist (now designer) claims

Published in Art Basel Magazine, November 2, 2012test!

A Carbon Fiber House by Ali Tayar

Published in The Architect's Newspaper, May 2, 2015test!

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Amazing Continuous Surface Building

Their new Columbia Medical School study center caps decades of experimentation

Published in Blueprint, November 9, 2016test!

Rauschenberg and Johns

Two great artists as lovers

Published in Out, February 16, 2010test!

Queen for a Day

Events of the summer of 1969

Published at fredbernstein.com, October 14, 2016test!

If I can make it there . . .

The importance of New York to architects' careers

Published in Interior Design, October 5, 2016test!

To Live or Die Inside: Introduction to Unatanneh Tokef

What does it mean to be "inscribed in the book of life?" My interpretation.

Published in Speeches / talks, October 4, 2016test!

The Ethereal Architecture of Sou Fujimoto

Perhaps Japan's most innovative architect, Fujimoto makes buildings that resemble clouds and forests.

Published in The Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2014test!

Building on Sacred Ground

Toshiko Mori's architectural dialogues with the masters

Published in The New York Times, May 8, 2005test!

Nara: The Town That Time Forgot

A quiet alternative to Kyoto

Published in The New York Times, November 13, 2006test!

Being Frank Gehry

With the triumphs have come many disappointments

Published at fredbernstein.com, September 2, 2015test!

D'var Torah on Behar

Let's give the land a rest

Published in Speeches / talks, May 13, 2014test!

It's the Architecture, Not The Architect, I'm Rooting For

Give Calatrava a chance!

Published in Architectural Record, December 10, 2013test!

The Parenting of Low Expectations

Foreword to "52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom: Effective Strategies for Raising Respectful, Happy Kids" by Meg Akabas

Published in 52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom, December 13, 2012test!

Panama Highway, A Noose Around Casco Viejo's Neck?

An old city gets an unwelcome new neighbor

Published in Architectural Record, October 26, 2012test!

U.S. Flops at Shanghai Expo

Another embarrassing U.S. pavilion, courtesy of a shortsighted Congress

Published in Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2010test!

A School by Edward Durell Stone

While fighting over his Columbus Circle building, preservationists overlooked another Stone structure just a few blocks away

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), December 26, 2006test!

Stitching Together a New Life in Riverdale

Surviving the Holocaust with needle and thread

Published in The New York Times, August 8, 2008test!

Poll Watching (and Worrying) in Philadelphia

Published in FredBernstein.com, November 5, 2008test!

Pecha Kucha

Around the world in 20 slides

Published in Culture + Travel, September 5, 2008test!

How Green Is My Renovation?

A roundtable of experts on making existing houses greener

Published in Metropolitan Home, April 7, 2008test!

Turning Steel Into Lace

Living rent-free, Cal Lane makes her mark

Published in The New York Times, January 20, 2008test!

Rediscovering a Heroine of Chicago Architecture

Many of Frank Lloyd Wright's most evocative drawings were by Marion Mahony Griffin

Published in The New York Times, January 20, 2008test!

Glass House, Great Performance

Merce Cunningham animates Philip Johnson's estate

Published in Interior Design, August 25, 2007test!

Remembering the Royalton

Mourning Phiippe Starck's Miracle on 44th Street

Published in Interior Design, September 21, 2007test!

Greetings from Resisterville

A town where Vietnam draft avoiders have made a difference

Published in The New York Times, November 20, 2004test!

High Hopes and Worthless Land

My father's bad investment

Published in The New York Times, November 6, 2005test!

A Brief History of the Twin Piers: What Might Have Been

Published in FredBernstein.com, January 25, 2007test!

Post-Renovation Depression

The contractors are gone. So why do I feel blue?

Published in The New York Times, February 22, 2007test!

The Town the Boom Forgot

Tired of high real estate prices? Consider the alternative

Published in The New York Times, June 25, 2006test!

Billy Doesn't Live Here Anymore

The incredible saga of the bakery founder's loft

Published in The New York Times, January 27, 2007test!

Free Homes for Disabled Vets -- But Where's the Land?

To rebuild their lives, they need barrier-free houses

Published in The New York Times, December 4, 2005test!

Are McMansions (Finally) Going Out of Style?

There's evidence that the size of new homes in America has peaked

Published in The New York Times, October 1, 2005test!

Seaside at 25: Paradise, With Problems

The walkable community now has valet parking, and other concessions to the real world

Published in The New York Times, December 9, 2005test!

Where the Best Antiques Can't Be Bought

A day trip to Troy, N.Y.

Published in The New York Times, April 7, 2006test!

Visiting the Barnes -- While You Still Can

The museum-going experience of a lifetime

Published in The New York Times, June 23, 2006test!

Clerkship Politics

A dialogue with Judge Alex Kozinski, of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, about the clash between a liberal clerk (me) and a conservative judge (him).

Published in The Green Bag, October 21, 1998test!

Me and My Geiger Counter

Was I being practical, or paranoid?

Published in The New York Times, June 22, 2002test!

Not a Palace, But It's Home

The Ottoman emperor-in-waiting lives in a walk-up, rent-controlled apartment

Published in The New York Times, March 26, 2006test!

Unloading His Books, But Not His Conscience

Amazon is now the place to sell used books -- but with unexpected consequences

Published in The New York Times, April 11, 2002test!

Legacies Passed from Father to Son

Gustavo Bonevardi in the West Village

Published in The New York Times, December 3, 2006test!

A Loft in Boston's Chinatown

Sam Davol, the cellist for the Magnetic Fields, and his wife, Leslie, move north

Published in The New York Times, November 22, 2007test!

A Cathedral to Science in Queens

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), October 24, 2004test!

An Artful Retreat from the Art Scene

Building a modernist house in the Hamptons

Published in The New York Times, October 12, 2007test!

These Walls Could Talk . . .

In Salem, Witchcraft and Old Architecture

Published in The New York Times, October 12, 2007test!

Shining Moment

A Paul Rudolph apartment, untouched for nearly 40 years

Published in The New York Times, October 10, 2007test!

In Costa Rica, Built for Books and Breezes

A son designs a Costa Rica retreat for a literary dad

Published in The New York Times, October 4, 2007test!

A Firehouse Becomes a Home for Art and Music

Living with century-old bricks and massive wooden trusses 

Published in The New York Times, September 9, 2007test!

The World Is Going to Hear of This Boy

An interview with Leah Adler, Steven Spielberg's mother

Published in The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame, December 15, 1990test!

From Modest to Modernist

Jennifer Luce's triumph in La Jolla

Published in The New York Times, August 23, 2007test!

Oysters Seeking Home on Quiet Maine Island

Cultivation is legal, but it isn't scenic

Published in The New York Times, August 13, 2007test!

A House for a Korean-American Family

Life in multi-culti Brooklyn

Published in The New York Times, August 13, 2007test!

The B&B Option Is Put to the New York Test

Staying in other people's houses -- in my home city

Published in The New York Times, July 23, 2007test!

Don't Call it the Poconos

Northeastern Pennsylvania Gets Chic

Published in The New York Times, December 22, 2006test!

An Airy Retreat from a Jam-Packed Store

At home with the Ricky of Ricky's

Published in The New York Times, October 18, 2007test!

Betting the Ranch in South Florida

Syd Kitson's big deal

Published in The New York Times, July 29, 2006test!

Do Ask, Do Tell

David Mixner moves to Livingston Manor, New York

Published in The New York Times, July 17, 2007test!

In Provincetown, an Unlikely Gay Marriage

Rosie O'Donnell puts her stamp on Family Week

Published in The New York Times, July 23, 2007test!

Housing Plan Turns Disney Grumpy

Affordable housing, near the happiest place on earth

Published in The New York Times, May 18, 2007test!

Shaving My Wallet Better Than My Face

Falling for the Infinity Razor

Published in The New York Times, April 13, 2007test!

A Road Trip Back to the Future

Visiting Paul Rudolph's Buildings in New England

Published in The New York Times, March 25, 2007test!

Lessons Learned at the Academy for Anything

Cass Calder Smith comes to New York

Published in The New York Times, May 18, 2007test!

Up in the Attic, Millennium Style

Gorgeous interiors, up (under) the roof

Published in The New York Times, March 29, 2007test!

Not in My Front Yard

Controversy on West 15th Street

Published in The New York Times, June 22, 2007test!

Will the U.S. Be at the Shanghai Fair?

Published in Architectural Record, December 5, 2006test!

Art Above and Below, With Life in the Middle

At home with Ann Brashares and Jacob Collins

Published in The New York Times, January 4, 2007test!

Letting the Architecture Speak for Itself

Tom Killian and Francoise Bollack keep their interventions subtle

Published in The New York Times, April 24, 2007test!

Mass Market and Couture

Young designers mix it up in Greenpoint

Published in The New York Times, June 22, 2007test!

In Michigan, A Green Museum

Kulapat Yantrasast's Grand Rapids Art Museum has a light footprint

Published in The New York Times, March 29, 2007test!

Getting In at the Underground Floor

Lillian Schloss bought Chinese antiquities early

Published in The New York Times, February 25, 2007test!

The Central Park of Southern California

Rare public space for Orange County, California

Published in The New York Times, February 4, 2007test!

An Island Where Millions Aren't Enough

The high price of Bermuda real estate

Published in The New York Times, September 10, 2006test!

Letting Kahn Be Kahn

Restoring the Yale University Art Gallery

Published in The New York Times, December 10, 2006test!

Sky-High Style

Master Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen used his signature vocabulary to create a unique rocky mountain retreat.

Published in Metropolitan Home, December 4, 2006test!

Marc Newson

The high-flying designer lands in Miami

Published in Design Miami, December 1, 2006test!

Good Things in Small Packages

West Village resident Marianne Cusato designs Katrina Cottages

Published in The New York Times, November 5, 2006test!

With a Diocese as a Developer, Emotions Run High in Santa Fe

Especially if the church has already borrowed against the planned buildings

Published in The New York Times, October 29, 2006test!

In Marfa, a New Interior With an Old Soul

Why Barbara Hill is one of my favorite designers, ever

Published in The New York Times, October 12, 2006test!

A Makeover Too Far

The conspicuous consumption of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Published in Dwell, October 29, 2006test!

Modernism Comes to Frump's Island

A new house breaks with tradition

Published in The New York Times, July 9, 2006test!

Making a Neighborhood Safe for Kids

A brilliant way to privilege underprivileged children

Published in The New York Times, September 17, 2006test!

A Paparazzi-Proof Condo

The apartment every celebrity needs

Published in The New York Times, January 23, 2007test!

Getting the Glass House Ready for Its Close-Up

Marty Skrelunas polishes Philip Johnson's masterpiece

Published in The New York Times, August 13, 2006test!

Ice Hotel Quebec-Canada

A review of the cold accommodations

Published in The New York Times, December 17, 2006test!

A Battle Over Modernism Goes Casa a Casa in Santa Fe

Modernism arouses ire in the city's historic district

Published in The New York Times, July 13, 2006test!

A Former Studio, Still Filled With Art

Latin American art fills one of the city's most dramatic living rooms

Published in The New York Times, December 31, 2006test!

For an Artist, a Glass Box by Mies

And it's in Newark!

Published in The New York Times, June 16, 2006test!

Sprawl Outruns Arizona's Biosphere

Designed for isolation, it's now surrounded

Published in The New York Times, May 28, 2006test!

The Wright Stuff, in the Japanese Heartland

Visiting the Meiji Mura Museum

Published in The New York Times, April 2, 2006test!

A studio that refuses to think small

Extraordinary ingenuity makes a tiny apartment seem spacious 

Published in The New York Times, March 30, 2006test!

A New Orleans Hotel Bounces Back

A review of the W New Orleans

Published in The New York Times, March 12, 2006test!

In Princeton, Architects Get Lucky

Ron Witte and Sarah Whiting live in a modest, modernist masterpiece.

Published in The New York Times, February 26, 2006test!

Pretty Profits from Ugly Houses

How HomeVestors went national

Published in The New York Times, February 19, 2006test!

Spending Money Like Water

Two hotels in Miami Beach makes waves

Published in The New York Times, February 17, 2006test!

The Disappearing Las Vegas Condos

Related Las Vegas sold them, but never built them

Published in The New York Times, January 29, 2006test!

Tall Order

Nationally, ceiling heights rise

Published in The New York Times, January 22, 2006test!

Where New and Old Collide

Steven Holl's building for Pratt Institute in Brooklyn

Published in Metropolis, January 17, 2006test!

That Tear-Down Could Become a Haul-Away

Saving modernist houses

Published in The New York Times, January 5, 2006test!

A Poor County, Rich in Modern Architecture

Visting the Rural Studio's buildings in Alabama is one of the world's great architecture pilgrimages

Published in The New York Times, December 25, 2005test!

Frank Lloyd Wright on Staten Island

The Cretellas renovate

Published in The New York Times, December 18, 2005test!

Outside The Box

Boston-based architect Adolfo Perez turned a mid-century starter house into a home of substance for design-wise clients.

Published in Metropolitan Home, December 4, 2005test!

Second Nature

Contemplative architect George Suyama built a house for himself and his wife that is as hospitable to the landscape as it is to the couple's guests.

Published in Metropolitan Home, December 4, 2005test!

A Home for Artists, and for Art

The avant garde, on Staten Island!

Published in The New York Times, November 27, 2005test!

Mies in Newark

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), November 14, 2005test!

More Twists Than a Mardi Gras Parade

Assessing the New Orleans real estate market after Katrina

Published in The New York Times, November 13, 2005test!

Smart Elevators

No more guessing which car to take

Published in The New York Times, November 2, 2005test!

Paul Rudolph's Tracey Towers

The fate of Rudolph's apartment buildings in the Bronx

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), October 13, 2005test!

Controlling Growth by Controlling Water

In Bolinas, a water meter sells for $310,000

Published in The New York Times, October 9, 2005test!

An On-Screen Alternative to Hands-On Dissection

Dealing with the yuck factor

Published in The New York Times, October 4, 2005test!

Alumnae House at Vassar

A great base for exploring the Hudson Valley

Published in The New York Times, September 30, 2005test!

El Tovar

A grand lodge near the Grand Canyon

Published in The New York Times, August 7, 2005test!

Private Lives

The difficulties of saving New Canaan's modernist architecture

Published in Metropolis, August 6, 2005test!

Healing Buildings in the Catskills

The Twelve Tribes in Oak Hill and Coxsackie

Published in The New York Times, July 24, 2005test!

Wynn Las Vegas

A review of the $2.7 billion hotel

Published in The New York Times, July 17, 2005test!

An oasis in a toxic world

A haven for "multiple chemical sensitivity" sufferers is threatened

Published in The New York Times, July 9, 2005test!

Daring Design in a Laid-Back City

Thanks to Rem Koolhaas, Porto, Portugal will never be the same

Published in The New York Times, June 19, 2005test!

Hotel on Rivington

A review of the long-awaited Lower East Side hotel

Published in The New York Times, June 12, 2005test!

Sleek in the Heart of Texas

Small houses buck the McMansion trend

Published in The New York Times, May 22, 2005test!

Move the United Nations to Ground Zero

The Freedom Tower could become a true symbol of freedom

Published in The New York Times, April 24, 2005test!

Southwest Florida's Red Tide Woes

Contaminated beaches -- and persistent respiratory problems -- hit a region that includes some of America's fast-growing cities

Published in The New York Times, April 23, 2005test!

Rate Your Landlord; Get Sued

But there's protection for tenants or former tenants

Published in The New York Times, April 10, 2005test!

Take That, Grandpa!

Smashing Mies

Published in The New York Times, April 3, 2005test!

A Loan That Keeps on Paying

The MFA Boston comes to the Las Vegas strip

Published in The New York Times, March 30, 2005test!

Washington's forgotten river

Reviving the shores of the Anacostia

Published in The New York Times, March 27, 2005test!

What next, the Grill Room?

The state of Philip Johnson's buildings

Published in The New York Times, March 27, 2005test!

In My Backyard, Please!

Infrastrucutre gets a new look

Published in The New York Times, February 27, 2005test!

Granny Flats for Cool Grannies

In Santa Cruz, accessory dwelling units are encouraged

Published in The New York Times, February 8, 2005test!

A Steakhouse with Rooms

Review of Browns Hotel, Miami Beach

Published in The New York Times, January 23, 2005test!

Securing the Iraq Museum

Protecting antiquities from war and looters

Published in The New York Times, January 23, 2005test!

Tony Goldman in Miami

An urban pioneer's new venture

Published in The New York Times, January 18, 2005test!

A Long Time for a Little Grandeur

An addition to the Tilles Center soars

Published in The New York Times, January 5, 2005test!

Get Ready for the High Line

How Robert Hammond and Joshua David Saved the Elevated Railway

Published in Surface, December 25, 2004test!

Danger Signs

Vornado's billboard boondoggle at 34th and 7th

Published in Metropolis, December 24, 2004test!

Mildred (Mickey) Friedman obituary

The great critic, curator and connector

Published in Architectural Record, September 5, 2014test!

Peter Eisenman in Verona

A review of the architect's 2004 Castelvecchio installation

Published in Architectural Record, December 6, 2004test!

Noguchi's Unknown Home

An apartment the world deserves to see

Published in Interior Design, December 1, 2004test!

Restoring Louis Kahn's "Undergraduate Project" at Yale

The Yale University Art Gallery gets an extensive, but faithful, renovation

Published in The New York Times, November 7, 2004test!

Design Diplomacy: U.S. Rejoins World's Fairs

With a little help from its sponsors . . .

Published in The New York Times, November 5, 2004test!

Where Are All the 60's Buildings Going?

Baby boomers lead the charge to tear down 60's architecture

Published in The New York Times, October 31, 2004test!

America Joins Architecture's Rem-formation

Published in Icon, October 20, 2004test!

Bridge Apartments

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), September 29, 2004test!

Frank Lloyd Wright Stays Busy in Buffalo

45 years after his death, three buildings by Wright are in the works

Published in The New York Times, September 6, 2004test!

The Death of Nest

A quirky magazine's farewell

Published in The New York Times, August 17, 2004test!

Will the U.S. Be at the Fair?

A world's fair pavilion costs less than an Apache helicopter -- and Shanghai 2010 is approaching

Published in Architecture, August 6, 2004test!

Whither the Tent of Tomorrow?

Finally, someone's paying attention the New York State Pavilion at the 1964-65 World's Fair

Published in The New York Times, July 17, 2004test!

A Monument to Arriving in the Middle of Nowhere

A review of the Secaucus Transfer

Published in The New York Times, July 11, 2004test!

Who Should Pay for Presidential Posterity?

Endowments for the presidential libraries are coming up short

Published in The New York Times, June 10, 2004test!

Clinton's Legacy: Just a Little Library from Little Rock

The Clinton library rises on the Arkansas River

Published in The New York Times, June 10, 2004test!

The Sculpture? It's Next to Home Depot

Can art save a strip shopping center from aesthetic irrelevance?

Published in The New York Times, May 15, 2004test!

On Campus, Rethinking Biology 101

Transgender students gain rights, and respect, in college

Published in The New York Times, March 7, 2004test!

eBay and Taliesin

The fight for photos of a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece

Published in The New York Times, February 14, 2004test!

Greece's Colossal New Guilt Trip

Bernard Tschumi's New Acropolis Museum was designed to settle a score

Published in The New York Times, January 18, 2004test!

Not Your Daddy's SOM

Roger Duffy remakes the mega-firm

Published in Metropolis, December 24, 2003test!

Married or Not, It's a Full House

The lives of Steven Lofton, Roger Croteau, and their foster children

Published in The New York Times, November 19, 2003test!

World on a String

A puppeteer copes with Parkinson's disease

Published in The New York Times, November 19, 2003test!

The Provincetown Outflow Settles in Truro

Cape Cod's first "gay suburb"

Published in The New York Times, November 14, 2003test!

Architecture's Quiet Soul

A profile of artist and memorial designer MAYA LIN

Published in Blueprint, November 4, 2003test!

Let's make New York un-gateful

A proposal for improving New York's streets.

Published in The New York Daily News, November 4, 2003test!

A Neglected Modernist Masterpiece

Pier Luigi Nervi's bus station at the George Washington Bridge deserves respect

Published in Oculus (Journal of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects), November 2, 2003test!

Santiago Calatrava, from the Canary Islands to Manhattan Island

Santiago Calatrava's opera house at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands is dominated by a winglike canopy nearly 200 feet tall.

Published in The New York Times, October 26, 2003test!

Don't Dodge the Drafts

My philosophy of writing -- and rewriting.

Published in California Lawyer, October 21, 2003test!

Mama's Meatballs

Published in The New York Blade, October 10, 2003test!

From the Torch to the Toes, Digital Insurance

How the Statue of Liberty could be recreated, after a disaster

Published in The New York Times, September 11, 2003test!

Pierwise, One Person's Wreck Is Another's Art

Saving two rusting piers in the Hudson River

Published in The New York Times, September 4, 2003test!

How much design do public spaces need?

Published in Architectural Record, August 14, 2003test!

An Elite Contest for a Growing U.N.

Pritzker Prize-winners compete.

Published in The New York Times, August 5, 2003test!

Post Prada, A Design Star Slims Down

Rem Koolhaas's relationship with New York is on the rocks

Published in The New York Times, April 24, 2003test!

Now Pitching For Wahconah, Jim Bouton

The "Ball Four" author cries "Foul Ball" in the Berkshires

Published in The New York Times, April 10, 2003test!

This Store Sells Rice Pudding -- Nothing Else

Rice to riches? Or rice to ruin?

Published in The New York Times, March 27, 2003test!

Washington Irving Didn't Sleep Here

A developer recreates Sunnyside (or tries to)

Published in The New York Times, March 16, 2003test!

A New Opera House for Tenerife

Calatrava helps bring tourists to Santa Cruz

Published in Islands, February 5, 2003test!

One campus, two faces

Princeton goes Gehry -- and Gothic -- at the same time

Published in The Princeton Alumni Weekly, January 21, 2003test!

The Man With the List at Architecture's Party

Profile of Reed Kroloff, an advisor to architecture competitions.

Published in The New York Times, January 11, 2003test!

This Child Does Have Two Mothers... And a Sperm Donor with Visitation

Published in NYU Review of Law and Social Change, November 4, 1995test!

Irish Pride Meets Gay Pride

The gay backstory of New York's Irish Hunger Memorial

Published in The Advocate, October 6, 2002test!

A Store that Thinks Different

Tekserve lives the Apple slogan

Published in The New York Times, June 20, 2002test!

Daddy, Why Are You So Old?

How I became a middle aged father.

Published in The Advocate, May 28, 2002test!

White on White

Big Architecture in a Small Town

Published in Metropolitan Home, April 1, 2002test!

Prada Placement

A Review of Rem Koolhaas' new store in SoHo

Published in World Architecture, March 15, 2002test!

Memorials fit for a city

Architects get busy after 9/11

Published in Blueprint, February 22, 2002test!

City Folk

A review of the new American Folk Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Published in World Architecture, February 22, 2002test!

Room With a View . . .

And not much else (a review of a new Ritz-Carlton)

Published in The Washington Post, February 10, 2002test!

When Modern Married Money

Blue blood meets white architecture in New England.

Published in The New York Times, February 3, 2002test!

Dust-Up In the Desert

Trouble at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

Published in The New York Times, January 31, 2002test!

Franoise Bollack at the Center

Published in Genre, January 17, 2002test!

A Chicago Chop Shop Takes the Hayden's Guts

What happened to the planetarium's glamorous gizmo?

Published in The New Yorker, November 4, 2001test!

Drawing Closer to an Old Friend

Thoughts on the importance of the Empire State Building after September 11

Published in The New York Times, October 11, 2001test!

Architect Returns To a County He Helped Define

Edwad Larrabee Barnes Visits Westchester

Published in The New York Times, May 20, 2001test!

Architects' View: Nice Furniture, Not-So-Nice Buildings

Ikea's plans for Westchester draw ire

Published in The New York Times, January 21, 2001test!

Mission 66

An endangered species at the National Parks: modernist architecture

Published in Architecture, December 15, 2000test!

Being of Sound Mind, and a $55 Consultation

Can a website write me a new will?

Published in The New York Times, December 14, 2000test!

Take-Off

A review of The Full Monty on Broadway

Published in The Independent on Sunday (London), October 29, 2000test!

An Online Peek at Your Politics

Do my neighbors need to know which candidates I support?

Published in The New York Times, October 4, 2000test!

The House That Harry Potter Built

A magical new building in SoHo

Published in The Independent on Sunday (London), July 10, 2000test!

Is That Your Final Answer?

My life as a juror.

Published in California Lawyer, May 1, 2000test!

Users of Fake Stucco Find Problems Are Very Real

Beware of Dryvit. Artificial stucco, sometimes called EIFS, lets architects and builders add postmodern flourishes inexpensively, but at significant cost.

Published in The New York Times, July 1, 1999test!

Maya Lin in mid-career

A portrait of the memorial designer as architect and artist

Published in The New York Times, March 1, 1999test!

The Men from Bubbling Magma

Climbing a volcano in Bali.

Published in The Washington Post, June 14, 1998test!

Ball Games

My life as a sissy

Published in The Advocate, June 15, 1994test!

Behind the Gray Door: Williams, Secrecy, and the Federal Grand Jury

Published in NYU Law Review, January 1, 1994test!

Homeowners Aren't Smlling for These Cameras

Cities assess properties remotely

Published in The New York Times, August 20, 2006test!

A Facade Like No Other: Once Temporary, Now a Treasure

The badly damaged 1993 exterior of the Storefront for Art and Architecture in Lower Manhattan, by Steve Holl and Vito Acconci, will be restored

Published in The New York Times, June 19, 2008test!

A NIGHT OUT WITH Richard Chamberlain -- and (for the first time) Martin Rabbett

The veteran actor comes to dinner with the man who has spent decades hiding in plain sight

Published in The New York Times, July 13, 2003test!

For the New Barnes, Everything Old Is Old Again

Moving fabled galleries to a new building, while changing almost nothing

Published in The New York Times, March 14, 2012test!

Empty Nest Syndrome

For children of minimalists, only more is more

Published in T Magazine (The New York Times), November 7, 2009test!

Architect Alison Killing Uses the Latest Technology to Pinpoint Forced Labor Camps in China

The architect was awarded a Pulitzer Prize last month for her investigative work

Published in Architectural Record, June 28, 2021test!

Charles Correa

David Adjaye and Moshe Safdie remember the Indian architect, who died at the age of 84

Published in Architectural Record, June 17, 2015test!

Jon Jerde (1940–2015)

How Ray Bradbury inspired L.A.'s "Mister Mall"

Published in Artforum, March 18, 2015test!

Madeline Gins (1941–2014)

When her partner, Arakawa, predeceased her, she declared dying "immoral"

Published in Artforum, March 2014test!
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