| 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 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...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 7:30 AM
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form:
1) "Building Seagram." Phyllis Lambert's book on the great Mies tower is a rare attempt to blend memoir with rigorous...
| Mar 3, 2014
Marcia Gray Martin was a working architect who was an architecture professor at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn for 24 years.
However, friends and colleagues say Mrs. Martin, who also wrote a college textbook on drafting architectural plans by hand,...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 1:32 PM
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has used high-strength cardboard tubes to make temporary housing for victims of natural disasters and refugees fleeing conflicts, on Monday was named the 2014 winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field's...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 1:58 PM
Libraries represent perhaps the best crossroads of our public and private selves available in the civic landscape. They are where we quietly seek out other peoples' stories while surrounded by fellow citizens on their own quests for literary treasure...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 5:00 AM
In the old-money-obsessed 1980s, Mario Buatta was one of the go-to designers for the rich and famous. His love of English country decorating and glossy floral fabrics earned him the title “The Prince of Chintz.”
Buatta's luxurious interiors,...
| 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.”
| 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...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Balthazar Korab, an architect-turned-photographer with a wide-ranging eye whose moody, polished images captured the spirit of midcentury modern architecture and celebrated its masters, including Eero Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe, died Jan. 15 in Royal...
| Nov 5, 2012
Gae Aulenti, an Italian architect who attained international prominence turning old buildings into modern museums, including Paris' Musee d'Orsay and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, died Wednesday at her home in Milan. She was 84.
Her family told...