January 1st, 2011
With its stainless-steel counters, halogen lights, and museum-style installations, D.A.D. Garage looks nothing like an everyday, oil-stained garage. Of course not–it belongs to Ralph Lauren, who owns 60 or so of the rarest, most valuable cars in the world, including a 1938 Bugatti coupe, a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia roadster, and the world’s only 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” roadster, all in ideal condition and all driven by the designer himself. The author plugs into the lifelong fantasy behind Lauren’s collection.
From the marble-columned lobby to the wine cellar and pool, the author examines the art, as well as the limits, of architect Robert A. M. Stern’s 15 Central Park West.
As Ralph Lauren enters decade five as a design superpower, the author explores his re-creation of a world that never was.
The author explores the partnership behind Gehry’s first freestanding structure in New York City.
Checking in at the Bowery Hotel.
May 22nd, 2012
The first thing that struck me when I walked into the vast and exhilarating Roy Lichtenstein retrospective that opens this week at the Art Institute of Chicago was that it was in the Rice Building, a graceful classical wing added in 1988 by the architect Thomas Beeby, which houses the museum’s great pre-1950 American collection. […]
May 15th, 2012
The hottest news in architecture right now is, well, about heat. And light. And how there is too much of both of them in Dallas, where something called Museum Tower, a 42-story condominium with a façade of highly reflective glass, has risen beside the Nasher Sculpture Center, the building by Renzo Piano that is one […]
May 4th, 2012
There is no record of what Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the famously eccentric, famously difficult collector of post-Impressionist painting, African art, ancient art, and American furniture and decorative art said to the architect Paul Cret when he hired him to build the Barnes Foundation, his personal museum, in suburban Philadelphia in 1922. Cret gave Dr. […]
May 2nd, 2012
Let’s start with an obvious truth: Paul Rudolph is not an easy architect. He never was. His assertive modernist buildings of concrete and glass are not what anyone would call user-friendly. They can be harsh, and tough, and it is not surprising that to many people they are cold. But oh, can they be beautiful, […]
April 1st, 2012
Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial, with its extraordinary black granite wall extending gradually into the earth and carved with the names of 58,272 Americans who died in the nation’s tragic escapade in Southeast Asia, was finished 30 years ago. It is still far and away the greatest memorial of modern times—the most beautiful, the most […]
August 14th, 2012
Prentice Hospital, by Bertrand Goldberg, is a cluster of concrete cylinders–ugly to many, beautiful to others. Here is the (now lost) argument for saving it.
George Widman / AP Photo
August 2nd, 2012
July 16th, 2012
Everyone agrees Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of America’s greatest leaders. But the effort to memorialize the 34th president—with a monument on four acres near the Capitol—has led to open conflict, pitting Eisenhower’s grandchildren against one of America’s most respected architects, Frank Gehry.
July 13th, 2012
July 5th, 2012
June 14th, 2012