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March 27, 2020

Mourning Michael Sorkin, architect and humanist, teacher and friend, who died yesterday of the coronavirus. This grievous loss presages the many brilliant minds that will be lost to the craven avarice of the Trump administration. If anyone could have come up with inventive building solutions in a post-corona world, Michael could have. To give you a taste of his beautiful mind, moral authority, and acerbic wit, here’s an excerpt from his Skyscrapers primer, linked here. He starts with AMERICA (and if you want to turn green with literary envy, check out the...

October 17, 2019

I’m delighted that Mario Botta: The Space Beyond will be screened on October 16, 17, 18 at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in NYC. The conversations Mario Botta and I had over the course of an amazing week in Lugano, Switzerland, were published in CHURCHES (HarperCollins, 2001). Translated by Lily Prigioniero, that interview remains Botta's most extensive interview in English. His insights into architecture’s fundamental motivations are evergreen. If you would like a PDF of the full interview, please contact me.

Mario Botta: The Space Beyond was co-...

March 17, 2018

New York Times Sunday Book Review | Nonfiction

Once, in a younger America, architects and engineers alike were simply called “builders”: people, mostly men, who had both design and construction skills. But after the American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857, the professions split. Architects began to garner all the glory while engineers toiled in their shadows. At the 1964 dedication of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, then the world’s longest suspension bridge, Robert Moses actually seemed to forget the name of Othmar Ammann, its designer and argua...

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