The Secrets of Hitler’s Vacation Homes
September 29, 2015

The Nazis created a wholesome, nature-loving image for Hitler at his mountain retreats. We've never fully dismissed it. 

The Wonder of the Whitney
May 17, 2015

A new building captures the museum's oldest virtues.

America's Billionaires Are Turning Public Parks Into Playgrounds for the Wealthy
February 02, 2015

The rise of the "independent manager" and the decline of public space. 

The Great Architect Rebellion of 2014
August 29, 2014

This year's Venice Bienale demolishes the popular notion of modernism in architecture.

Erotic Architecture: the Sexual History of Great Buildings
August 15, 2014

From Nero’s decadent Golden House in Rome to Charles Fourier’s orgiastic French “courts of love”; public toilet glory holes to Eileen Gray’s sexy Mediterranean hideway. 

The 2014 Winner of the Pritzker Prize is Revolutionizing Architecture
March 24, 2014

Globalization, climate change, and digital technology have thoroughly reshaped architecture as a profession and as an art. 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban is leading the revolution. 

MoMA's Faux-Populist Expansion Makes it Look Like a Department Store
January 13, 2014

Once upon a time the Museum of Modern Art was a home away from home for anybody who cared about modern art. This is how you destroy a major cultural institution.

One Man, 1.7 Million Square Meters
November 06, 2013

The slogan of the New Century Global Center, the recently completed largest building in the world by floor space, sounds at first like a Chinglish-y misfire: “The One of Everything.” But as I spent a day wandering around the structure, located in Che

Granite Countertops, Flat-Screen TVs, Fire Pits: The Surprising Story of How College Dorms Got Luxe
September 18, 2013

The social history—and private-sector big money—that explains why granite countertops and fire pits are part of today's new dorms.