Book Review: Under the Skin

By Michael Webb Performative Skyscraper: Tall Building Design Now. Scott Johnson. Balcony Press, $45. The wow! factor was there from the start. We have all gazed upwards in awe. For centuries, Gothic...

Book Review: Re-evaluating Rudolph

By Michael Webb The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. Timothy M. Rohan. Yale University Press, $65. A well-researched, critical study of an architect who is in urgent need of re-evaluation. In 1963, Paul...
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Book Review: Light Work

Nordic Light: Modern Scandinavian Architecture. Henry Plummer. Thames & Hudson, $40. First published in hard cover in 2012, this paperback edition is a great bargain, for the author’s 500 p...

Book Review: Chinese Megastructures

By Michael Webb  Urban Hopes: Made in China by Steven Holl. Edited by Christoph a. Kumpusch (Lars Müller Publishers, $49) In the 19th century, “Go west, young man” was an invita...

Book Review: On Bikes, in Paris

By Michael Webb Paris: Women and Bicycles. Photographs by Gil Garcetti. Balcony Press, $45. Bill Cunningham, the 84-year-old Bostonian who bikes around New York in all weathers chronicling street fas...

Book Review: Museum Piece

By Michael Webb Capital Culture: J. Carter Brown, the National Galllery of Art and the Reinvention of the Museum Experience. Neil Harris (University of Chicago Press, $35). I had the good fortune to ...

Book Review: Chilean Creativity

By Michael Webb White Mountain: Architecture in Chile. Puro Chile and Hatje Cantz; DAP. $85   All the usual suspects and several unfamiliar names are rounded up in this ambitious bilingual ...

Books: Digging into Dingbats

The outgrowth of an exhibition, a new book examines LA’s ubiquitous dingbat apartment buildings. Image courtesy Dingbat 2.0. If you’ve spent any time exploring LA, you’ve seen a din...