| Sep 19, 2012
| 12:03 PM
Lurking beneath the surface of the controversy over the future of the Morris Mechanic Theatre are two issues which, if not resolved, can only be described as tragedies for the future of historic preservation in Baltimore.
The first is the undermining...
| May 20, 2011
| 3:19 PM
If you want to experience the work of street artist Gaia in its full scruffy glory, see it in the wild.
Drive south down North Collington Avenue, past Biddle and Eager and Chase. You will despair of spotting anything fresh in one blighted block after...
| Aug 26, 2008
| 4:22 PM
I came across this quote on the window of a store in Evanston, Ill. called Design Within Reach. First of all, I thought it was a funny place to hang that incredibly elaborate Swarovski crystal chandelier, and then I thought......
| Nov 28, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Be honest. When you get city-branded gifts like an “I Love NYC” t-shirt or a “Chicago Rocks” coffee mug, you just want to roll your eyes and exclaim in exasperation, “Gee, thanks so much for thinking of me.”
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:43 AM
Printers Row Journal picks its top 10 books from 2013, plus 50 worth an honorable mention. This list was compiled by the editors of Printers Row from previous reviews.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to...
| Nov 25, 2013
He is grouchy, says a man who knows Frank Gehry well, when I ask him what to expect of my meeting with the architect. Grouchy, but sweet. I bear those words in mind as I am introduced to Gehry in the office of his Los Angeles studio, and explain in a...
| Nov 3, 2013
In awarding the 2013 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction to "The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream" by Thomas Dyja, the Tribune celebrates an important cultural history of mid-20th century Chicago.
This stylishly written and deeply...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 5:13 PM
In trying to meet customer demands, hotels have done the comfortable bed and bedding bit. They've added healthy menu items. And now they are picking up on social media traffic.
Lobby makeovers feature open spaces, plug-in places, comfortable seating and...
| Oct 21, 2013
While a student at Trinity College, William Bickford and his roommate spent many nights talking about their passion for architecture and how to best forge a path to professional success and personal happiness.
Bickford wanted to be married by age 30. He...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 2:34 PM
Although he was born in Southern Italy, Salvatore Ferragamo owes a lot to Southern California. He came to Los Angeles in 1923 as a young man in his 20s, first designing shoes for films such as "The Ten Commandments," then opening the Hollywood Boot Shop...
| Oct 5, 2013
His look could never be described as fashion-y or trendy. But after decades as a renowned designer, Scheerer has a sure touch with the details. In "Tom Scheerer Decorates" (The Vendome Press, $55), the rooms reveal a knowing version of traditional style...
| Oct 1, 2013
Chicago loves to call itself the cradle of modern architecture, but what exactly is modern architecture? The steel and glass skyscrapers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? The Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright?
Maybe those are the wrong questions. To...