#188: THE IMPERFECT FARNSWORTH HOUSE

June 7, 2024

Considered one of the most iconic houses of Modernism, a masterpiece of the International Style, the Farnsworth House is near perfect. And the imperfections make it more thought-provoking. Finished in 1951, the design from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe has been revered for all its ambition: minimalism and glass walls, connection to nature, groundbreaking engineering, painstaking attention to detail and craft, and of course, “less is more.”

#187: LOS ANGELES INCOMING: THE HEROIC AND THE AMBITIOUS

May 17, 2024

In the next few years, half a dozen projects are arriving to Los Angeles. And they are big. I mean BIG. Architecturally speaking, Los Angeles is young and scrappy, compared to New York’s glamour, Chicago’s urbanity, San Francisco’s charm, or D.C.’s history. But Los Angeles has not fallen short with architectural wonders.

#186: ANOTHER BAKER’S DOZEN

April 26, 2024

A few years ago, I listed some of my favorite buildings in the city of Los Angeles. Today, I offer another dozen favorites from Southern California, but outside of Los Angeles proper.

#184: THE ROLLER COASTER OF ARCHITECTURE

March 15, 2024

If you ask an architect, “How are things in architecture?”—you will typically hear about the ups and downs. Few architects will boast about how things are super great. The industry is often a roller coaster of highs and lows, climbs and falls, and exhilaration and fear.

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