Monthly Archives: May 2014

Michael Sorkin’s Saratoga

Michael Sorkin, an architectural theoretician and critic who is on the faculty of CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture, where George Ranalli is dean, penned an introduction to the monograph of Ranalli’s Saratoga Avenue Community Center (subject of my most recent … Continue reading

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Floating Farnsworth House

Here’s a scary photo, sent to the TradArch list by Gerald Forsburg, who imagines a horror movie in which Farnsworth House, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is flooded, with its occupants struggling to escape. He links to an Architectural … Continue reading

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Rec center’s ‘third way’ in Brooklyn

  A couple of years ago the world of classical architecture learned that an extraordinarily non-canonical building had won a Stanford White Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s headquarters chapter in New York City. Eyebrows arched. Was … Continue reading

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Whoops oops in Warren

I occasionally fail to make it to the bottom of the Journal’s version of my column, even though I link readers to it through this blog. My blog is not allowed to carry my Journal column in full – the … Continue reading

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Carpionato bids on 195

Through WordPress’s blogger data tool I noticed that interest in a post from months ago had spiked, and then I saw that its subject, the proposal made by Carpionato Group last year to build on much of the vacant Route 195 land … Continue reading

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Blast past: Evolution on Thayer Street

Here is a column I wrote more than 20 years ago about Thayer Street and the denizens thereof. I don’t even want to begin to start reflecting on the nature of its changes since then. Many readers will have their … Continue reading

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Life on Thayer Street

My family dined al fresco on Thayer Street this evening. Thayer is the main street of Brown University on College Hill, in Providence. We arrived, sat down, got out our mobile media, and noticed a party under way on a … Continue reading

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Morgan, Pevsner, Vermont

I have had the pleasure, just now, of running into my old friend William Morgan in my new friend Kristen Richards’s ArchNewsNow, the daily global roundhouse for architectural news and commentary (in English). On Kristen’s list for Friday I find … Continue reading

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Italy’s got beauty, eh?

My friend Maria Ruggieri, the famous jewelry designer of Providence (her firm, Ti Adoro, at tiadorojewelry.com), recently visited the Italian family seat of her boyfriend, Gigi, of Toronto, who is from the lovely region of Lake Orta near Milan. She took … Continue reading

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Foster atrocity in N.Y.

My recent post about architectural details in Manhattan opened with a shot of the statuary on the base of a building erected 80 years before the tower itself was added eight years ago. (You can see it way down the street at the lower right of … Continue reading

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