| Aug 1, 2013
| 10:42 PM
Natalie de Blois' pioneering path through the male-dominated world of architecture was laden with sexist barriers.
Despite her status as an associate partner at the Chicago powerhouse Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the 1960s, de Blois invariably was left...
| 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....
| 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 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...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 3:05 PM
A couple of major ironies are folded into the title of the big new architecture exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA."
The first irony is that the title itself rings with echoes...
| 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...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 6:42 AM
Graceland Cemetery, which spreads majestically across 125 acres north and east from the corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Boulevard, is an easy place to spend an entire day, wandering among the more than 100,000 people spending eternity there....
| Aug 9, 2013
| 11:00 AM
HALDENSTEIN, Switzerland — The architect Peter Zumthor has arranged his personal and professional lives so that the divide between them is vanishingly thin.
The offices of his firm, Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partners, are housed in a charmingly...
| Sep 22, 2013
Chicago has a history of obliterating its history. Significant buildings fall to the wrecking ball for parking lots, and entire swaths of the cityscape are bulldozed by economic forces like deindustrialization and gentrification, and political movements...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 9:16 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Google.com is the most visited online front door in the United States. According to Alexa, a longtime Internet statistics firm, it is also the second most visited home page in the world behind Facebook.com; roughly 40 percent of...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Metropolis was founded in 1839 on the banks of the Ohio River, about as far south as you can go in Illinois without stepping into Kentucky. Its settlers were enthusiastic: They assumed the waterfront real estate would result in a metropolis, hence the...