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Book Review: Creative Madness

MAD Works, Mad Architects. Ma Yansong. Phaidon Press, $79.95 Few architects have enjoyed such a dizzying rise to fame as Ma Yansong, who was born in 1975, and now has a flourishing practice in Beijin...
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Utopia vs Dystopia

An impassioned call to recreate the mega cities of Asia before they become uninhabitable and vanish beneath a rising ocean. It’s two books, back to back: one documents the dystopias that are ac...
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Culver City Maverick

A book review by Michael Webb Eric Owen Moss: The New City. Rizzoli International, $75 Eric Owen Moss Architects/3585. Series editor: Todd Gannon. Applied Research + Design Publishing, $29.95 Two tak...
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Public Spaces

A book review by Michael Webb I’ve always had a passion for city squares as showcases of architecture and stages for everyday activities and earthshaking events. They vary as greatly as the bui...
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Against the Odds

A book review by Michael Webb Against all the odds, England produced an incredibly rich harvest of architecture in the three postwar decades. The country emerged from six years of war, bankrupt, batt...
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Danish Formgiver

A book review by Michael Webb This volume written by Christian Holmsted Oleson is as impeccably designed and produced as the furniture it explores in rich detail. Its title—Wegner: Just One Good Chai...
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Refining Minimalism

A review by Michael Webb Some artists—from Vermeer to Picasso—have become household names through widely circulated reproductions; indeed, the iconoclastic Andy Warhol celebrated the idea of mechanic...
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Latin America Shines

  A book review by Michael Webb MoMA has a strong sense of history and Latin American in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, an impressive catalogue of visionary architecture and urbanism (lik...