1939 World’s Fair was “World of Tomorrow”

It’s a lucky break for me that my in-laws liked to travel and collect post cards along the way. They left me a stack of vintage Florida souvenir postcards from memorable vacations. And others —  for example this treasure from the New York World’s Fair of 1939....

“Outraged” gave voice to architectural debate

Sixty years after British architectural critic Ian Nairn expressed “Outrage,”  that post WWII English cities had lost their identities to look-alike architecture, the debate continues — and  the BBC is asking citizens to report — was Nairn...

Defining “iconic,” why it matters

Rowen Moore and I are activists on a mission to stop the spread of the term “iconic” in architecture. Moore, The Guardian’s architectural critic, opened his review of “Walkie Talkie” (20 Frenchchurch Street, London) with this plea, “When, for the love of God, will the...

Koolhaas challenges China

“Weird architecture” and challenging the status quo are Rem Koolhaas’ trademarks. So,  a Nov. 26 edition of the magazine Dezeen quoting China’s president Xi Jinping calling for an end to “weird architecture”,[1]  grabbed my attention. The Chinese president...