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Tensile Canopies

A book review by Michael Webb Few Pritzker Prizes have been more richly deserved than this year’s award to German architect-engineer Frei Otto. Sadly, he died on the eve of the announcement, ju...

Urban Harmony

A review by Michael Webb As China races to urbanize, its major cities have become dystopian concrete jungles, hideously polluted and congested, and hazardous to health. Ma Yansong, the most ambitious...
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MASTER OF ENGLISH BAROQUE

A Review by Michael Webb A masterpiece of design and content, Nicholas Hawksmoor London Churches grew out of an exhibition of Hélène Binet‘s black and white photographs at the 2012 Venice Bienn...
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Three Faiths Under One Roof

One associates Berlin with tumult and destruction, but before the dark years of Nazi and Communist rule, it was a center of scholarship and cosmopolitanism; and it is steadily regaining that role as ...
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Book Review: America’s Architectural Hub

By Michael Webb AIA Guide to Chicago, Third Edition. Edited by Alice Sinkevitch and Laurie McGovern Petersen. University of Illinois Press, $34.95. No American city has a greater concentration of arc...

Book Review: Artists’ Adventure

By Michael Webb The Journey to Tunisia, 1914: Paul Klee, August Macke, Louis Moilliet. Hatje Cantz, € 29.80. A companion book to an exhibition presented at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Berne to mark the ...

Book Review: Tropical Restraint

By Michael Webb New Brazilian House. Dominic Bradbury. Photographs by Richard Powers. Thames & Hudson. $40. Richard Powers is an exemplary photographer of residential interiors and Dominic Bradbu...

Book Review: Case Study Debut

By Michael Webb Arts & Architecture 1945-49. Taschen. $69.99. Esther McCoy summarized the importance of Arts & Architecture:  “A magazine as flat as a tortilla and sleek as a Bugat...