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A Personal Canon: Nicholas Adams on Five Influential Texts

Why would anyone write a book about the architect Gordon Bunshaft? The consensus is that he was a rude and unpleasant man and, though he was responsible for the design of prominent buildings (Beinecke Library, for one), there’s a chorus of disdain in the background saying that as the chief

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Architecture of the Islamic West: Innovative, Impressive and … Overlooked?

Some of the most outstanding examples of world architecture, such as the Mosque of Córdoba, the ceiling of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo and the Alhambra Palace in Granada, belong to the Western Islamic tradition. This architectural style flourished for over a thousand years along the southern and western shores

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Silence and Gordon Bunshaft

Nicholas Adams– At times, writing about the architect Gordon Bunshaft (1909–1990), former chief designer for the firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), was like writing about a sulky teenager. Architects, of course, have lots of ways of talking. Philip Johnson was garrulous––people liked to say that he talked a

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Ep. 75 – Charleston Fancy

In this conversation with eminent architectural critic Witold Rybczynski, we discuss some fascinating and truly unique architecture and urban development projects in one the most beautiful cities in the U.S., Charleston, South Carolina. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

Ep. 73 – Mughal Architecture Including—and Beyond—the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is deserving of its role as one of the most famous and recognizable buildings in the world; Professor Chanchal Dadlani explains why subsequent architecture, from the later years of the Mughal Empire, deserve our attention, as well. Subscribe:Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

Ep. 71 – Lina Bo Bardi

A conversation with Zeuler Lima about the extraordinary Brazilian architect, designer, illustrator, writer, editor, and curator Lina Bo Bardi. Lima’s book, Lina Bo Bardi, is newly out in paperback. Subscribe:Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | Soundcloud

James S. Ackerman: Origins, Invention, Revision

On the last day of 2016, we lost one of the world’s foremost architectural historians when James Sloss Ackerman died at age 97.  Ackerman was a consummate, and widely esteemed, academic, whose rigorous method set architecture in the broader contexts of cultural and intellectual history. He was  a Fellow of

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Why Preservation Should Matter

Max Page— In our “sour little age,” as playwright Tony Kushner once called the world we live in, lines from a law passed fifty years ago this weekend offer welcome uplift.  “The spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage,” declared the National

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Bringing Modern Architecture to Oxford

Elain Harwood— It’s very easy to take England’s universities for granted, to think that just because Oxford and Cambridge are ancient the others must be too. In fact, most of the noble red-brick institutions in our provincial cities were developed after 1900, and their neo-Elizabethan towers owe more to those

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Lina Bo Bardi is everywhere

Lina Bo Bardi, the Italian-born, Brazilian modernist architect, has been referred to as “Brazil’s best-kept secret” and an “overlooked creative innovator.”  Her trajectory toward international fame and critical acclaim has been ascendant since her death in 1992, and seems to have reached a peak.  Bo Bardi figures large in the current MoMA

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