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ARCHITECTURE

New York's Obelisk
Falling down on the job?
The Wall Street Journal, January 20, 2014

Reassessing an Uproar in Architecture
Adolf Loos on "Ornament and Crime"
The New York Times, December 4, 2013

Achtung: Berlin
German capital keeps its grip on the architectural imagination
Constructs, Fall 2013

She Gave Mies a Chance
Phyllis Lambert recounts her role in making the Seagram Building a Modernist masterpiece
ARTnews, May 1, 2013

Hitler's Words into Stone
Can architecture itself be fascist?
The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2013

Mussolini's New Town
One of the best-preserved examples of fascist architecture in Europe—built at lightning speed and admired by Le Corbusier
Guernica, January 31, 2013

Part Palace, Part Temple, Part Prison
On the Casa Malaparte
Los Angeles Review of Books, January 17, 2013

Space Odyssey
Architect Steven Holl crafts structures that are at once poetic and audacious
ARTnews, September 2012

England's Modernist Rental Homes
How the Living Architecture project is transforming the English countryside, one house at a time
Travel + Leisure, July 2012

The Battle for the Palais Stoclet
An enchanted house becomes a family's curse
The Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2012

Renzo Piano's Gardner Museum is a Contemporary Counterpoint
Addition buttresses Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection
The Boston Globe, January 17, 2012

Two-Family Home
Ambassadorial residence in Israel arose from friendship between Zionist architect and Muslim client
Tablet, August 27, 2011

Israel Museum
A modernist design in Jerusalem is sensitively updated
Architectural Record, November 2010

A Palatial "House of the Worker"
Oscar Niemeyer's poetic monument to the Communist Party in France
The Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2010

Toppling Hitler's Role Model
Vienna belatedly wrestles with legacy of its antisemitic mayor
Forward, February 24, 2010

Unbuilt
Architect Frank Gehry withdraws from Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem
Tablet, January 14, 2010

The Town that Charles Built
Prince fights to keep cherished English traditions alive with his nostalgic utopia.
Travel + Leisure, November 2009

Carlo Scarpa
A 20th century master leaves rare mark on the Veneto
Travel + Leisure, October 2009

The New Acropolis Museum
Greece displays remnants of its past—and bids to reclaim those it lost—in the shadow of architecture’s most celebrated landmark.
Architect, September 2009

Israel's Museums: The Next Generation
Israel is boosting its cultural infrastructure by expanding arts institutions and planning new ones
ARTnews, May 2009

From Lollipops to Zigzags
The American Craft Museum completes its transformation into the Museum of Arts and Design with a daring makeover of an eccentric New York landmark
ARTnews, October 2008

The Ugly American
Berlin embassy architects discover balancing openness and security is no easy task
Architect, September 2008

Architecture vs. Extremism
Can the Aga Khan Award for Architecture reconcile modernity and tradition in the Islamic world?
Architect, May 2008

Boomtown Beijing
Gearing up for the 2008 Olympics, Beijing is a city in transformation, remaking itself for the 21st century at full tilt
Travel + Leisure, November 2007

Florida Bauhaus
Terence Riley and John Bennett find inspiration in the legacy of Mies van der Rohe
Architect, February 2007

A Modern Icon Steps Out
Philip Johnson’s Glass House undergoes restoration
Travel + Leisure, February 2007

Deconstructing Philip
A famed architect's design is dismantled
Forward, October 20, 2006

Culture Clash
All across Europe, the controversial construction of new mosques is raising questions about aesthetics and assimilation, faith and tolerance—and liberal democracy itself.
Travel + Leisure, April 2006

A Villa in Their Vernacular
The Getty posed a unique challenge for its renovation team, who chose to indulge beauty and harmony over postmodern pique.
The Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2005

Designs for Living
In the twenties and thirties, the French Riviera was a hotbed of Modernist architectural innovation. It's still home to the seaside retreats built by and for some of the movement's founding figures.
Travel + Leisure, October 2005

Re-Modernizing Tel Aviv
After years of neglect, Tel Aviv's Bauhaus architecture is getting a makeover. But this is a conservation effort with political overtones.
Travel + Leisure, August 2005

An Act of Self-Preservation
UNESCO is restoring its crumbling, controversial but pedigreed Modernist headquarters. Yes, it's time for the guardian of world culture to set its own house in order.
The Los Angeles Times, May 24, 2005

Concrete Memory
On a vast site in the center of Berlin, Peter Eisenman's stark, haunting Holocaust memorial offers a glimpse into the heart of darkness.
Travel + Leisure, March 2005

A Parliamentary Debate
Brilliant, late, and stupendously over budget, Scotland's new parliament building opens its doors to a storm of controversy.
Travel + Leisure, November 2004

Preservation Politics
Even as UNESCO's World Heritage List succeeds in protecting cultural and natural treasures, critics question its use as a tool for tourism promotion—and say it's growing too quickly.
Travel + Leisure, October 2004

New World War II Memorial is Meant to Celebrate Democracy
So why does it resemble a monument to a defeated fascist?
Architecture, May 2004

Embassy Row Receives an Exotic Face Lift
Countries are commissioning high-profile architects to create diplomatic missions that reflect their cultural heritage. Results are mixed.
The Los Angeles Times, Sunday, April 18, 2004

A Capital Offense?
New security measures may protect our monuments, but they may also be turning Washington, D.C., into a city under siege.
Travel + Leisure, April 2004

At Ground Zero, a Fresh Take
Michael Arad’s life lessons shaped his winning design for the World Trade Center memorial, one that could inspire the nation to heal.
The Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2004

Mecca's Makeover
Islam's holiest city attracts millions of pilgrims—more every year. To accommodate the faithful, the Saudis are constructing a vast new gateway.
Travel + Leisure, February 2004

Leading Architects Design for Opera
Creating lavish sets in hopes of giving the art form an exciting new look
The Los Angeles Times, August 17, 2003

What Works, What Doesn’t
Master-planning Ground Zero makes the pragmatic Alexander Garvin a local lightning rod
Architecture, September 2002

A Capital of Europe?
Brussels is primping
The New York Times, March 2, 2002

The Rebirth of Dresden
Heavily damaged during World War II, Germany's loveliest city will soon look as good as new—some might even say better. The politics of rebuilding, brick by brick.
Travel + Leisure, February 2002

Germany's New Synagogues
The Jewish population of Germany has tripled since the fall of the Wall. In what style should they build?
Architecture, October 2001

The Ideological Coding Behind Hilton Hotels
A Cold War weapon disguised as a place to spend the night
The New York Times, July 21, 2001

America's Most Prolific Synagogue Architect
After Hitler "converted" him, Percival Goodman gave up Bonwit Teller for Temple Beth El
Forward, March 9, 2001

Dictator by Design
More than 50 years after Mussolini's fall from power, Italians can't agree on what to do with the monumental buildings he left behind.
Travel + Leisure, March 2001

From Modernism to Communism and Back
An Adolf Loos masterpiece reopens in Prague
The New York Times, January 4, 2001

The Burden of History
What's it like to be Albert Speer's son and namesake – practicing architecture in Germany?
Architecture, June 2000

Heaven Can't Wait
Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau uprooted more than a few trees in his quest to build a paradise on earth in Germany. Finally his estate is open to the public.
Travel + Leisure, May 2000

Walking Mussolini's Fascist Utopia
Classical Rome reinterpreted for another imperial era
The New York Times, July 11, 1999

The New Berlin
Expressing government power without pomposity
The New York Times, April 11, 1999

Berlin Dispatch: Re-edification
Can democratic ministries occupy Nazi relics?
The New Republic, September 29, 1997

Building on the Spirit of America
A U.S. architectural billboard in Berlin
The Spectator, March 15, 1997

The Challenge of a Crumbling Havana
Led by Bay of Pigs veteran, Florida group tries to save Cuban capital's architecture
The New York Times, January 14, 1996

Where the Mexican Arts May Feel Right at Home
New cultural center celebrates national heritage
The New York Times, February 19, 1995

Cathedrals of Freedom
From Ljubljana to Prague, they're dusting off the memory - and drawings - of Joze Plecnik
The Washington Post, July 7, 1994

Scraping the Sky: The Eternal Architect
Even at 86, Philip Johnson has no small plans
The Washington Post, December 3, 1992

Complicity in Concrete
The architecture of Vienna's Nazi past
The Washington Post, February 3, 1991

The Haus Hollein Built
Vienna's version of Trump Tower
The Washington Post, September 30, 1990

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