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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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Reconceiving Antiquity

SCI-Arc hosts the liveliest program of architectural installations in LA, and featured many of them in a book a couple of years back. The current offering is Hypostyle, a student-built creation by He...
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The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl

For the Japanese, the tea ceremony is an ancient ritual that brings people together in a shared experience–aesthetic, spiritual and social. At the heart of that ceremony is the tea bowl, and no...
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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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Palm Springs’ Architectural Showcase

Palm Springs is celebrating Modernism Week, February 12-22, and one of this year’s highlights is the new Architecture and Design Center, a satellite of the Art Museum. It occupies a former bank...
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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...

FORM Culture: Architecture for Art

Frederick Fisher carved the new Marc Selwyn Fine Art space out of a former auto body shop in Beverly Hills. Image Jeff McLane/Marc Selwyn Fine Art. By Michael Webb At a time when many architects are ...