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Architects and the “Vision” Thing

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Via Wired, architects Vishaan Chakrabarti and Gregg Pasquarelli discuss how they would improve New York City: I agree with a couple of their suggestions: more crosstown connections (particularly a crosstown subway) would be nice and fewer cars would be appreciated … Continue reading

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Restore, Don’t Redesign, Pershing Square

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Today the L.A. City Council announced an international competition to redesign Pershing Square located in the heart of downtown. The existing design by AIA Gold Medal winner Ricardo Legorreta, which dates from 1994, has been widely hated for … Continue reading

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Edges, Pointiness, Minimalism and Public Seating

Paleo Retiree writes: On a beautiful recent day, my wife and I treated ourselves to a long, leisurely walk — first through the West Village, then down along Hudson River Park, and finally through and beyond Battery Park Marina. The red line shows our … Continue reading

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Architects That Don’t Suck: David M. Schwarz

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In this first installment of Architects That Don’t Suck, I’d like to highlight the work of Washington D.C.-based architect David M. Schwarz. Hey, whaddya know — not all contempo architects specialize in gleaming modernist geegaws. Some builders out … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: Cold Spring, NY

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Fabrizio took me on a tour of the Orange County area of the Hudson Valley this weekend and we ended the day in Cold Spring. The central part of the village, which is on the National Register of … Continue reading

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Crap Space 1

Paleo Retiree writes: For no doubt perverse and disgraceful reasons I enjoy snapping photos of architectural goofs. One of the mistakes I’m most drawn to noticing and documenting is what I think of as “crap space” — pockets of in-betweenness (or out-in-frontness, … Continue reading

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“Filthy Cities”

Paleo Retiree writes: I recently enjoyed (if with some reservations) the three-part BBC documentary series “Filthy Cities,” which recently became available on Netflix Instant. Medieval London, revolutionary Paris and industrial-age New York City are the filthy cities covered by the … Continue reading

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