Architecture

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. 

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MoMA's Faux-Populist Expansion Makes it Look Like a Department Store

This is how you ruin a cultural institution

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.

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One Man, 1.7 Million Square Meters

My day in the world's biggest building—a Chinese mall you've never heard of

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 Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, the catchphrase started to take on a kind of brilliance.

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

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Today's forward-looking college campus is home to dorms that boast amenities like flat-screen televitions, state-of-the-art exercise rooms, and tanning salons. At the same moment that the cost of college is increasingly the object of scruitiny, dorms are going upscale. Why is this happening? Here's an explanation. Below, a sampling of some recent developments. 

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Big Boxes, Bigger Problems

Turn abandoned big-box stores into cultural institutions

How to turn today’s abandoned Walmarts into tomorrow’s award-winning libraries, museums, and churches.

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The Mixed-Up Files of Taksim Square Architecture

The long, strange history of the building that sparked the Istanbul protests

The proposed building in Taksim Square actually has a long and storied history. 

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Yes, Denise Scott Brown Deserves a Pritzker Prize

She shared the work with her husband. She should share the prize, too.

Never mind the politics: It's clear, even to a non-fan, that Denise Scott Brown shared the work that earned her husband architecture's top prize.

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Toyo Ito's Pritzker Prize

An architect with a sense of the body

Architecture, by definition, lives a world of big money. Buying land. Commissioning, then giving rein to, while reining in the designer. Doling out fees for structural engineers, HVAC technicians, lighting consultants, work permits. Excavating. Selecting, procuring, shipping various building materials to the site. Paying construction workers, site overseers, project managers. It takes a lot of cash.

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