More cities see piers and parks as iconic

For the third time in 89 years, St. Petersburg, FL will choose a new city icon. Next month, a selection committee representing the diverse interests of voters will settle on a  design. The  new pier design  has been under scrutiny and has polarized opinions among...

St. Pete Pier: Redesigned or Recycled?

In Tampa Bay, all eyes are focused on St. Petersburg’s Pier asking will it stay or will it go? The big reveal is Wednesday and Thursday. Full disclosure,  I live in St. Petersburg and I’ve studied the Pier. For the second time in 5 years, the city is about...

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...