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  • Architecture review: National September 11 Memorial

    Architecture review: National September 11 Memorial
    If you were expecting the National September 11 Memorial to turn out to be a visionary or uncompromising monument to human tragedy and architectural destruction, you probably haven't been paying sustained attention to the process that created it. And who could blame you? The rebuilding effort at the World Trade Center site has been marked by enough grandstanding, backbiting and power grabs, among politicians and designers alike, to push even the most dedicated optimist toward utter cynicism.
  • Critic's notebook: Skyscrapers remain powerful symbols, post 9/11

    Critic's notebook: Skyscrapers remain powerful symbols, post 9/11
    Any skyscraper is a contradiction. The tall tower is architecture's most famous building type and also the one most clearly at odds with the profession's roots. Fundamentally, architecture is shelter, a concession that we're afraid to face the elements...

    Natalie de Blois dies at 92; pioneering female architect

    Natalie de Blois dies at 92; pioneering female architect
    Natalie de Blois' pioneering path through the male-dominated world of architecture was laden with sexist barriers. Despite her status as an associate partner at the Chicago powerhouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the 1960s, de Blois invariably was left...

    Ada Louise Huxtable memorial explores architecture critic's legacy

    Ada Louise Huxtable memorial explores architecture critic's legacy
    NEW YORK -- On Tuesday afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum in New York the architecture world, or what felt like a pretty substantial cross-section of it, gathered to remember the pioneering New York Times and Wall Street Journal architecture critic...

    Commentary: Newport-Mesa architecture is unimaginative

    Nearly 40 years ago, I interviewed Newport Beach architect William Ficker and asked why most of the major buildings in the Newport-Mesa area lacked strong architectural design. Ficker's answer was that it requires a mature community to accept strong...