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Creative Class Controvery

What happens when a university, which emphasizes active citizenship and creativity, ironically destroys creative space behind closed doors? It’s not the same as when a university takes over a transportation hub, or when a university takes over a neighborhood — be it in Boston or New York. No, this is a catch-22 expansion into the domain […]

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The Tale of Mr. TOD Once upon a time, Mr. Tod arrived in New York. And the rest was not yet history. The tale is still, obviously, unfolding. Will Mr. Tod be able to create mobile, accessible, and affordable neighborhoods? Or will Mr. Tod only support luxury? Mr. Tod, of course, is Mr. Transit-Oriented Development. He’s more and more popular these […]

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Powers, Identities, Ideologies

Where do you live? A capital city? A planned city? An industrial city? A green city? A colonial city? An authentic city? A global city? A shrinking city? A gentrifying city? A spiritual city? A divided city? An ancient city? Perhaps, a combination of these types? How about a city with powers, identities, and ideologies? Ideas […]

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Newburgh and New ‘Burbs: A 21st Century Plan for a 20th Century City

The Hudson River shines only a five minute walk away, and the mountains and forests surrounding the river are surreal. From the bustling and wide boulevards – some of the widest in the State – farmland can be seen in the distance. Old, colonial buildings dot the landscape, which served as the Headquarters of the […]

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BANG, WHIR, VROOM! The Arrogance and Vulnerability of Italian Futurism

To be affiliated with the cultural wave that was Futurism in Italy in the early 20th Century was to signify an unabashed optimism and join a call to arms to reshape, rethink, and rebrand everything that was contemporary life – photography, theater, music, art, politics, architecture, even toys. Championed by its tireless leader, Marinetti, from […]

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John Ahearn Sculpture
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On Love: Socrates Sculpture Park

Because of the well-documented, highly complex relationship between the world and humankind’s sensation and perception of it, I am of the opinion that even relatively simple messages are often exceptionally hard to convey. As such, any tool used for the communicative purposes of conveying such a feeling or message, should, if deployed successfully, subtly suggest […]

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Event 2/21: Resource extraction and urbanism

Storefront for Art and Architecture Presents: The Petropolis of Tomorrow: Environments of Extraction Join Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York for a discussion with Neeraj Bhatia, Dr. Paul Fennelly, Rob Holmes, and Justin Fowler on the occasion of the launch of new book The Petropolis of Tomorrow. An excerpt from the Storefront’s event […]

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San Francisco's city hall, built with more than function in mind

Is the architect an artist?

By Alyssa Campbell Is the architect an artist or is he simply the creator of functional buildings? John Ruskin, a famous architectural writer, once remarked, “No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.” (1) From […]

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Taj Mahal (1632-1652), Agra, India.

Architecture of Love and Death (part II)

This is the second, and last post, of Architecture of Love and Death.  In the first post, I proposed that Egyptian pyramids were built in preparation of Death for their nobility, while Muslim mausoleums such as the Taj Mahal were built by family members out of love and devotion for the deceased. Islamic orthodoxy frowns upon building permanent structures over graves, fearing […]

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Architecture of Love and Death (Part I)

This post is about funerary architecture of two different people in different times and places, ancient Egyptians and Muslim Mughals in India.  Both of these people built great pieces of architecture to their dead.  In Part 1  I will focus on the religious thought or absence of it behind these great pieces of architecture, i.e. Pyramids and Taj Mahal.  I believe the former […]

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