| Oct 10, 2010
They're a disparate lot — museums, hotels, an observation deck, a sculpture park and a sundial-shaped bridge — but these recent structures, none more than 10 years old, are redefining the West. Before we bow to them, though, let's admit that...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 2:15 PM
"Pastry Paris: In Paris, Everything Looks Like Dessert"
Little Bookroom, $19.95
This book takes its subtitle literally because, according to author and graphic designer Susan Hochbaum, everything in Paris does indeed look like dessert. Maybe part of...
| Sep 4, 2011
Any skyscraper is a contradiction.
The tall tower is architecture's most famous building type and also the one most clearly at odds with the profession's roots. Fundamentally, architecture is shelter, a concession that we're afraid to face the elements...
| Nov 15, 2011
| 3:22 PM
A $12-million pier-spanning wooden roller coaster that will dive beneath the boardwalk and race across a cantilevered bridge before navigating a series of high-speed twists and turns is expected to open in 2013 at Morey's Piers seaside amusement park on...
| Aug 12, 2011
If you were expecting the National September 11 Memorial to turn out to be a visionary or uncompromising monument to human tragedy and architectural destruction, you probably haven't been paying sustained attention to the process that created it. And...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Broadway hit "Rent" will return off Broadway; Anthony Hopkins tests the musical waters; architect Michael Maltzan may have his big moment...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 9:34 PM
Los Angeles Modern Auctions' sale this week drew strong bidding on a range of designs, including (clockwise from top): Venini Murano window panels from a Malibu estate, a Rudolph Schindler side chair, Architectural Pottery planters, an Ettore Sottsass rug...
| Aug 19, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Kenneth Cobonpue premieres his new Ferris chair, which puts you at the center of your own personal amusement park....
| Sep 12, 2010
| 10:14 AM
Mayor Richard M. Daley is a relentless doer who has remade Chicago's urban landscape, but he is also leaving behind a load of unfinished business.
The unbuilt Chicago Spire, an incomplete Block 37, an empty swath of land where Chicago wanted to construct...
| Oct 7, 2010
| 6:42 AM
Friday, October 15
State and Randolph
To purchase a copy of the book:
Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age
For nearly twenty years now, Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune has explored...
| Jul 14, 2008
If there is a single big idea driving "Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner," which opened Sunday at the Hammer Museum, it's that Lautner needs to be rescued from his own hardened reputation. Most museum retrospectives begin with...
| Nov 30, 2008
Jorn Utzon, the Danish architect whose eye-catching, nautically inspired design for the Sydney Opera House overcame a series of controversies surrounding its budget and acoustics to become one of the most recognizable landmarks of the 20th century,...