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Workbook: Modern Poetry

“Densely covered in celandines and thorn bushes / the rocks stand in front of me / like a strange people of athletes / petrified by the power of a spell. […]”  The poet Gabriele D’Annunzio star...
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A More Perfect LA? Excavating the Cycleway

The Arroyo Seco corridor, connecting Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles and thus a significant commuter thoroughfare, is an appropriate lens through which to examine a slice of the city’s complex trans...
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The New Pumped-Up Berlin

“There’s no success like failure,” sang Dylan. And, there’s no bigger boom than a disaster rebound. Unlike most other European capitals, Berlin was late in rebuilding after World War II because its d...
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A New View of Milan

A review by Michael Webb Berizzi is the Virgil every architectural traveler needs as a guide to the Inferno and Purgatorio of Milan (for Paradiso, you will have to look elsewhere). It’s a city ...
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Signs of Beauty

A book review by Michael Webb In good time for the gift-giving season comes this enchanting anthology of the calligraphy that so enriches one’s experience of Paris. Having myself photographed t...
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Prouvé Refined

The recently expanded Vitra showroom in Culver City is presenting Prouvé RAW, a special edition of the French master’s office furniture produced as a joint venture between Vitra and the Dutch j...
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Workbook: PAMM by Herzog & de Meuron

Originally opened in 2013, the waterfront Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) recently achieved LEED Gold certification for its sustainable design, use of local materials, and integration with the cityR...
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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...