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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Architectural Record

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!

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!

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!

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!

Glazing Over Manhattan

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

Published in Architectural Record, May 9, 2013test!

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!

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!

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!

The Disruptors

Technologies that are changing how architects practice

Published in Architectural Record, May 31, 2018test!

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!

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

Give Calatrava a chance!

Published in Architectural Record, December 10, 2013test!

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

An old city gets an unwelcome new neighbor

Published in Architectural Record, October 26, 2012test!

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

Published in Architectural Record, December 5, 2006test!

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!

How much design do public spaces need?

Published in Architectural Record, August 14, 2003test!

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!

National Pavilions at the 2004 Venice Architecture Bienniale

Published in Architectural Record, November 2004test!

National Performing Arts Center of China

Paul Andreu's mammoth 'Egg' shelters three theaters under one domed roof

Published in Architectural Record, October 2001test!

A Timely Lesson in the Life and Function of Forms

Published in Architectural Record, September 2005test!

The New School's Stairmaster

SOM's student-centered building on Fifth Avenue

Published in Architectural Record, March 2019test!

Rethinking the Chinese factory village

Diller Scofidio + Renfro takes a crack at elevating Chinese workers

Published in Architectural Record, January 1, 2000test!

The Mouse That Roared

A look back at Michael Graves's career

Published in Architectural Record, November 14, 2014test!

UnSangDong Architects

A Korean firm is part of Record's Design Vanguard

Published in Architectural Record, December 16, 2006test!

Arata Isozaki Obituary

A tribute to "the Emperor" of Japanese Architects

Published in Architectural Record, December 29, 2022test!

Sandy Hook Memorial Opens Ten Years After Shooting

The memorial design by landscape architects Dan Affleck and Ben Waldo offers a contemplative space in nature

Published in Architectural Record, November 17, 2022test!

Oslo’s New Central Library, Opened During the Pandemic, Does a Subtle Dance with Snøhetta’s Opera House

In a post-occupancy visit, Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem’s public library, which stayed open during Covid, is clearly a popular amenity

Published in Architectural Record, October 21, 2022test!

Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center by nARCHITECTS

A new beachside building on Long Island embraces environmental stewardship

Published in Architectural Record, March 1, 2022test!

How the Translucent Stone Façade Was Created on the Perelman Performing Arts Center

Architect Joshua Ramus discusses the recently-completed exterior of the theater in Lower Manhattan that opens in 2023

Published in Architectural Record, January 20, 2022test!

Taipei Music Center by Reiser+Umemoto

Reiser+Umemoto's Taipei Music Center is a brawny complex of cubic and crystalline forms

Published in Architectural Record, January 4, 2022test!

Mingei International Museum, by LUCE et Studio

In redesigning San Diego’s Mingei Museum, LUCE et Studio engages artists to further the institution’s mission

Published in Architectural Record, December 1, 2021test!

Babyn Yar Synagogue by Manuel Herz Architects

A wood temple on a sacred site opens and closes like a book

Published in Architectural Record, November 9, 2021test!

Exclusive Interview with Billionaire Charlie Munger on Controversial UCSB Dorm

The man behind the mega-dorm at the University of California, Santa Barbara, responds to criticism that it will create an unhealthy environment for students in rooms without windows

Published in Architectural Record, November 1, 2021test!

Santa Maria Goretti Church by Mario Cucinella Architects

Baroque influences shape this sinuous contemporary church in Southern Italy by Mario Cucinella Architects

Published in Architectural Record, October 7, 2021test!

Dubai’s World Expo, Lavish but Late

Still labeled Dubai 2020, the World Expo will open on October 1, complete with a centerpiece dome by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill

Published in Architectural Record, September 24, 2011test!

Innovative Housing Portfolio

Projects from around the country reflect an array of inventive affordable approaches

Published in Architectural Record, September 1, 2021test!

Commentary: No Man Is an Island

What if New York City treated Barry Diller's $120 million fantasy park as an experiment, but not a monument?

Published in Architectural Record, May 28, 2021test!

TWA Hotel at JFK Gives New Life to Saarinen’s Flight Center

Completed in 1962 and abandoned in 2001, Eero Saarinen’s bird-like building at JFK Airport in New York now serves as a spectacular lobby for the new hotel

Published in Architectural Record, May 15, 2019test!

Phoenix Central Library Receives AIA’s 25-Year Award

Since it opened in 1995, Bruder has been able to bring the building into the 21st century without compromising his architectural vision, of which flexibility was a key part

Published in Architectural Record, May 31, 2021test!

William Menking, 1947-2020

The founder of The Architect’s Newspaper died at age 72 on Saturday, April 11, 2020, in New York, after a long battle with lymphoma

Published in Architectural Record, April 13, 2020test!

Michael McKinnell, 1935-2020

The British-born designer of Boston City Hall died Friday, March 27, 2020, at age 84, after contracting COVID-19

Published in Architectural Record, March 31, 2020test!

Jaquelin Robertson, 1933-2020

The architect and urban designer died at the age of 88 at his home in East Hampton, New York

Published in Architectural Record, May 11, 2020test!

Controversial Design Unveiled for a New Supertall by SOM in New York

The 1,653-foot-high building will be part of a new Manhattan skyline that not everyone is happy about

Published in Architectural Record, February 8, 2021test!

Charles Renfro Discusses DS+R’s New Live/Work Campus in China

The architect talks to Record about the firm’s first, and biggest project, still incomplete, for Dissona

Published in Architectural Record, July 27, 2021test!

Renovated Industrial Building Gets New Life as Brant Foundation Art Study Center

Richard Gluckman reimagines a Con Edison substation for Peter M. Brant’s latest art venue in New York

Published in Architectural Record, March 28, 2019test!

Robert Silman, 1935-2018

Working on Fallingwater brought out the best in Robert Silman, the structural engineer who died this week at 83

Published in Architectural Record, August 2, 2018test!

Florence Knoll Bassett, 1917-2019

The architect and furniture designer, who reinvented the modern office, passed away at the age of 101 last week

Published in Architectural Record, January 28, 2019test!

Technologically Savvy Firms Expand the Definition of Practice

To lead the profession, firms must nimbly respond to and embrace technological changes

Published in Architectural Record, June 1, 2018test!

Bio Bio Regional Theater by Smiljan Radic

Smiljan Radic's beacon-like regional theater in Chile is a concrete structure wrapped as lightly as a tent

Published in Architectural Record, April 5, 2018test!

Columbia University’s Arts and Science Centers by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Two buildings open on a new campus in upper Manhattan, with a promise to enhance the community

Published in Architectural Record, May 1, 2017test!

Hugh Hardy, 1931-2017, Architect of Theaters and Theatrical Spaces

Architect Hugh Hardy died last week at 84

Published in Architectural Record, March 20, 2017test!

Treacherous Transparencies: Thoughts and Observations Triggered by a Visit to Farnsworth House

In 2014, after accepting the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron drove from Chicago to Plano, Illinois, to visit -- and criticize -- Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House 

Published in Architectural Record, November 1, 2016test!

Extension of the Swiss National Museum

The longtime home of the Swiss National Museum, or Landesmuseum, in Zurich, is a stolid 19th-century pile

Published in Architectural Record, November 1, 2016test!

John Belle obituary

John Belle, who died this week at 84, helped restore several of New York City’s most important buildings, including Grand Central Terminal and the soaring Enid Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden

Published in Architectural Record, September 14, 2016test!

2016 Venice Architecture Biennale Dispatch: Spotlight on Africa

Three of the most eloquent voices at the Venice Architecture Biennale addressed different aspects of the same question: Can architecture improve lives in Africa? 

Published in Architectural Record, June 2, 2016test!

Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design

If you’re prominent and reach the age of 80, The New York Times may have a writer (possibly this one) prepare your obituary for later use

Published in Architectural Record, June 1, 2016test!

Experimental Children’s Architectural Studio in Moscow

Two teachers have been bringing out the inner architects in Moscow children since the Soviet era

Published in Architectural Record, May 1, 2016test!

Spring Street Salt Shed by Dattner Architects and WXY

In Manhattan, a sleek rectilinear garage and sculptural salt shed brighten the city

Published in Architectural Record, March 1, 2016test!

Exhibition Review: New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America

Museum of Arts and Design curator Lowery Stokes Sims made many great discoveries during her trips to 14 Central and South American countries

Published in Architectural Record, December 22, 2014test!

Australian Pavilion

A dark and mysterious pavilion—the first new arrival in two decades—shakes up the Venice Biennale

Published in Architectural Record, July 16, 2015test!

Cooper Hewitt Goes from Dowdy to Digital

By running their fingers across new “super-high-definition smart tables," visitors make shapes that are then displayed as hats, lamps, tables, vases, chairs, or buildings

Published in Architectural Record, December 22, 2014test!

Expo 2015 Milan

This tightly packed world's fair of architectural hits and misses has no public transportation, a disaster for visitors who are elderly, disabled, or just tired.

Published in Architectural Record, June 16, 2015test!

Prada Foundation by OMA

At an old distillery complex, Rem Koolhaas's Prada Foundation mixes one part creative preservation with one part bold new architecture

Published in Architectural Record, July 16, 2015test!

First Look: Rick Joy's Princeton Train Station

Joy's 1,000-square-foot station is part of the redevelopment of the southwest corner of the Princeton University campus

Published in Architectural Record, February 11, 2015test!

Newsmaker: Barry Diller

The billionaire chats with RECORD about his Thomas Heatherwick-designed island, disagreeing with Frank Gehry, and why he hates Jean Nouvel's 100 Eleventh Avenue

Published in Architectural Record, May 26, 2015test!

Making it work

Joshua Prince-Ramus discusses the challenges and opportunities of working abroad

 

Published in Architectural Record, November 15, 2010test!

Museum of Arts and Design (Jerome and Simona Chazen Building) by Allied Works

Allied Works's Brad Cloepfil bravely tackles the redo for New York City's Museum of Arts and Design

Published in Architectural Record, February 1, 2009test!

First Look: Moshe Safdie's Crystal Bridges Museum

Weeks before its grand opening, Safdie gives a behind-the-scenes tour of Alice Walton’s museum of American art

Published in Architectural Record, October 17, 2011test!

They Unpaved Paradise and Took Out a Parking Lot

In the Bronx, new parks are opening and old parks are being revitalized at a pace not seen since Robert Moses’s heyday. 

Published in Architectural Record, September 16, 2011test!

Old Debates for a New Era at Postmodernism Conference

An aesthetic that mined the past gets a historical consideration of its own at a New York City symposium

Published in Architectural Record, November 14, 2011test!

Ever the Visionary, Lebbeus Woods Gets Real

A pavilion designed by Woods with Christoph A. Kumpusch is under construction in Chengdu, China. “I was never in love with drawing,” Woods says “I drew because I wanted to express ideas.”

Published in Architectural Record, March 26, 2012test!

Sink or Swim

Funding shortfalls could hinder ambitious waterfront schemes planned for several U.S. cities

Published in Architectural Record, May 25, 2012test!

Straying from Convention

Despite declining attendance and revenue, many cities are expanding convention centers or building new ones

Published in Architectural Record, May 2, 2012test!

Architecture Firm Websites: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Websites are a vital marketing tool. Unless you’re a superstar design firm, steer clear of archi-speak and tricky graphics. Users want a site that is clean and simple.

Published in Architectural Record, June 25, 2012test!

Rogers and Marvel Hitting Their Stride

When Jonathan Marvel and Rob Rogers founded Rogers Marvel Architects, they decided to forego the route taken by many of their peers—designing residential and commercial interiors—preferring, Marvel says, “to cut our teeth on New York City’s’ bricks and mortar.” And they have!

Published in Architectural Record, July 10, 2012test!

First Look: Herzog & de Meuron's Parrish Art Museum

It is as much of work of art as it is a museum of art.

 

Published in Architectural Record, December 3, 2013test!

Corruption Inquiries Curb Miami Projects

Two architecturally ambitious developments have stalled following accusations of municipal malfeasance. 

Published in Architectural Record, September 27, 2012test!

A Tale of Two Stations

Why is a Washington, D.C., rail revamp running on schedule while another in New York can’t even pull away from the platform? 

Published in Architectural Record, September 12, 2012test!

Universidade Agostinho Neto

Under African Skies: The first phase of an ambitious national university creates a community of buildings and outdoor spaces adapted to a hot, dry climate

 

Published in Architectural Record, August 16, 2012test!

Newsmaker: Santiago Calatrava

The renowned Spanish engineer and designer is the subject of an exhibition opening today at Russia's Hermitage Museum—the institution's first retrospective devoted to a contemporary architect. Calatrava speaks candidly with Architectural Record about the show, his work, and the criticism he often faces

Published in Architectural Record, June 27, 2012test!

First Look: SANAA's Louvre Lens

The new branch of the Louvre couldn't be more different from the museum's iconic Paris home

Published in Architectural Record, November 28, 2012test!

New York Public Library Unveils Foster + Partners' Renovation Designs

A new circulating library will be housed within the New York Public Library's main building on 42nd Street in Manhattan

Published in Architectural Record, December 19, 2012test!

Exhibition Review: 110 Years of Mexican Architecture

As it gathers material for its planned 2015 show of Latin American architecture from 1954 to 1980, Mexico alone warrants as much space as MoMA is likely to allot to the entire region

Published in Architectural Record, January 29, 2014test!

MoMA Defends Decision to Raze Folk Art Museum Building at Public Forum

Eight hundred people turned out for what was, in effect, a town hall meeting on the demolition of the Tod Williams Billie Tsien building

Published in Architectural Record, January 29, 2014test!

Parking and Recreation

A competition challenged four architecture firms to come up with new ideas for Long Island downtowns.

Published in Architectural Record, January 29, 2014test!

Farnsworth House Could Soon Get a Lift

Plans to protect Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House by placing it on a hydraulic lift to be deployed in case of flooding are proceeding at a rate that has surprised even the plans’ supporters

Published in Architectural Record, May 16, 2014test!

Le Corbusier and New York City: A Love-Hate Relationship

The relationship between Le Corbusier and New York City involved love and hatred, passion and resentment, and ultimately a quest by the architect for “revenge, recognition, and money, money, money,” according to Jean-Louis Cohen

Published in Architectural Record, June 12, 2013test!

Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture 1925-1970

When Less is More Earth-friendly

Published in Architectural Record, May 16, 2014test!

A Masterpiece, With Flaws

When Frank Lloyd Wright’s SC Johnson Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin, opens for tours for the first time in 60 years, visitors will see firsthand its functional shortcomings along with its spectacular innovations. 

Published in Architectural Record, April 21, 2014test!

Brooklyn's Architectural Moment

Until five years ago, the stretch of Flatbush Avenue between the Manhattan Bridge and Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn was an architectural wasteland. Not anymore!

 

Published in Architectural Record, June 20, 2014test!

Goodbye, Prentice

It's still early in 2014, but already several important modernist buildings have fallen​​, inclduing Bertrand Goldberg's cloverleaf-shaped Prentice Women's Hospital

Published in Architectural Record, April 24, 2014test!

Modernism's Jewish Connection

The role of Jews in creating and popularizing post-war modernism is the subject of a new exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco. Think Eichler, Levitt, Guggenheim, and Fallingwater.

Published in Architectural Record, July 2, 2014test!

First Look: Governors Island

“I’m glad my landscape architect is Dutch,” Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island, said after Superstorm Sandy struck

Published in Architectural Record, May 22, 2014test!

Exhibition Review: Toward an Architectural Archive at Japan's National Archives of Modern Architecture

Preservationists in most countries would envy Japan its National Archives of Modern Architecture, conceived by the late architectural historian Hiroyuki Suzuki and created by the government in 2012. 

Published in Architectural Record, August 18, 2014test!

Newsmaker: Scott Rothkopf

Museum curators tend to stay behind the scenes, especially when high-profile artists are involved. But the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, which runs through October 19, has been so lavishly praised that its curator, Scott Rothkopf, couldn’t stay out of the spotlight if he tried

Published in Architectural Record, July 18, 2014test!

Lawsuit Suggests New Liability for Architects

Architects have something new to worry about

Published in Architectural Record, August 20, 2014test!

Taliesin Troubles

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture can be as unconventional as its founder

Published in Architectural Record, August 21, 2014test!

The Van Alen's New Look

David van der Leer, the institute’s new director, arranged to swap its longtime quarters on the sixth floor of a Flatiron district building for a storefront space in the same building

Published in Architectural Record, December 22, 2014test!

Letter from London: Peter Wynne Rees's Skyscraper Legacy

When Peter Wynne Rees became the chief planner of the City of London in 1985, the famous “square mile” had only one hotel. Now two of the City’s most important Edwardian buildings are becoming luxury hotels.

Published in Architectural Record, June 22, 2013test!

The Legacy of Mayor Mike

After 12 years of astonishing change in New York, Bloomberg earns mixed marks

Published in Architectural Record, October 16, 2013test!

Moving Madison Square Garden

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, H3 Hardy Collaboration, SHoP Architects, and SOM present plans to relocate the arena so Penn Station can be rebuilt. 

 

Published in Architectural Record, May 29, 2013test!

I. M. Pei's Protégé Perry Chin Makes His Own Mark on the National Gallery's East Building

A confidant of I. M. Pei, Perry Chin was asked to consult on plans to give Pei’s East Building of the National Gallery in Washington new heating, cooling, security, and fire safety systems

Published in Architectural Record, May 22, 2013test!

Campbell Sports Center

Game Changer: Columbia University's quirky but tough field house bridges the divide between its gritty surroundings and the athletic playing fields beyond

Published in Architectural Record, May 16, 2013test!

Claire T. Carney Library Renovation and Addition

Renewing an important campus by Paul Rudolph poses dangers and the chance to keep his work alive

Published in Architectural Record, February 15, 2013test!

Will Hudson Yards Be a Neighborhood?

A conversation with Bill Pedersen, whose firm Kohn Pedersen Fox is responsible for the development's master plan. 

Published in Architectural Record, May 3, 2013test!

Johannesburg Exhibition Takes on the Challenges of Informal Settlements

The exhibition "Informal Studio: Marlboro South" at Johannesburg's Goethe-Institut explores the need for legal housing for armies of squatters

Published in Architectural Record, March 21, 2013test!

History for Sale

What happens to architecturally important private homes when families who have protected them—sometimes for four decades or more—decide to sell

Published in Architectural Record, April 30, 2013test!

Palm Springs Art Museum Expands

Marmol Radziner has restored and adapted E. Stewart Williams' 1961 Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan building for use by the museum.

Published in Architectural Record, November 18, 2014test!

Film Review: La Sapienza

“La Sapienza" is a rarity: a fictional film about real architecture

Published in Architectural Record, March 13, 2015test!