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  1. Pursuing Perfection
    House Tours

    Pursuing Perfection

    Resuscitating a classic can be time-consuming and pricey, but when it comes to the rehabilitation of neglected masterpieces, one Connecticut couple finds it’s worth every minute and cent.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    04.27.09

  2. Copenhagen, Denmark
    City Guide

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    According to Solveig Nielsen of the Danish Architecture Center, there's nothing rotten in perennially fresh Copenhagen.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Thomas Ibsen
    02.26.09

  3. Castles Made of Sand
    Profiles

    Castles Made of Sand

    Iranian architect Nader Kahlili fashions affordable, easily assembled housing out of sandbags and concrete for a surprsingly striking result.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    04.30.09

  4. Harlem Renaissance
    House Tours

    Harlem Renaissance

    In her book Parisian Views, critic Shelley Rice hauntingly evokes the dislocating effects that the near-complete reconstruction of Paris in the 19th century had on its population. Thanks to the...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    06.02.09

  5. True Hollywood Story
    Profiles

    True Hollywood Story

    For over seventy years, through 7,000 photography sessions, and with 70,000 negatives, Julius Shulman captured the elusive spirit of architecture with an unerring eye and indefatigable character....

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Catherine Ledner
    07.16.09

  6. Back To School Special

    Back To School Special

    There's nothing like a little design therapy to relieve the sting of summer's end and first-day-of-school butterflies. Here Marc Kristal presents an online-exclusive about dormitory design that...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    07.16.09

  7. Play: Electric Slide
    --The Future of

    Play: Electric Slide

    A group of Columbia University students have a good time reinventing the playground as a place to harness all that youthful energy.  

    written by: Marc Kristal
    11.16.09

  8. Stadium Game
    House Tours

    Stadium Game

    Among America’s notable architectural ruins, few are as singular as the grandstand for Commodore Munroe Stadium, designed by Cuban-born architect Hilario Candela in 1964 and approved for...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    04.22.10

  9. The Manhattan Transformation
    My House

    The Manhattan Transformation

    As head of retail development and legal counsel leasing for American Apparel, Michael Pozner spends a lot of time sorting out the details when a new venue is chosen for the brand’s purposes....

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    11.04.10

  10. Bing Thom’s new Arena Stage
    Travel Reports

    Bing Thom’s new Arena Stage

    There’s always a lot of talk in Washington about creating a “big tent” that embraces diversity, and now the capital finally has one—literally: architect Bing Thom’s...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    11.04.10

  11. Techbuilt House
    House Tours

    Techbuilt House

    The first residence built in Tuxedo Park, New York, after World War II wasn’t one of the Shingle-style mansions that proliferated there after the tycoon Pierre Lorillard IV developed the...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Carl Bellavia
    12.08.10

  12. Manhattan
    House Tours

    Manhattan

    Like many white people of a certain age, I first visited Harlem by mistake. I took the wrong subway and barely got out of the station: First one guy, then another, tried to shove me down the...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jake Stangel
    02.14.11

  13. Brooklyn

    Brooklyn

    Twenty-nine years after Robert Moses’s death, the mixed legacy of New York’s über–urban planner remains inescapable. I feel it acutely when, after a long ride on the F that...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jake Stangel
    02.14.11

  14. Staten Island
    Outdoor

    Staten Island

    While my appreciation of New York’s 24-7 public transit system remains immeasurable, I am pleased, as day two begins, to catch a ride in a Parks Department Jeep to Staten Island. Within an...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    02.14.11

  15. Bronx
    House Tours

    Bronx

    Two hours later, revivified by a pair of conga players’ exuberant performance on the 2 train, I hustle out at the corner of Third Avenue and East 149th in the South Bronx, once an...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jake Stangel
    02.14.11

  16. "Postmodernism" at the V&A Museum
    Event Spotlight

    "Postmodernism" at the V&A Museum

    "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990," on view at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum through January 15th 2012, is the first major exhibition to take a long, hard look...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    10.17.11

  17. Hong Kong, China
    City Guide

    Hong Kong, China

    Hong Kong’s architectural development can be traced through time by viewing it panoramically from the city’s stratospheric escalators. We survey the layers with local architect Rocco Yim.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Andrew Rowat
    01.21.09

  18. Queens
    House Tours

    Queens

    The 84-block trip south to Times Square is surprisingly speedy. But when I transfer to the 7 for the journey to Flushing–Main Street, its final stop, time slows. The train becomes elevated...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jake Stangel
    02.14.11

  19. Row House Revival
    House Tours

    Row House Revival

    Following the interventions of architect Matthew Baird and interior designer Janet Liles, Mo Ogrodnik’s apartment, which she shares with her husband and two children, is a resonant...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Craig Cutler
    01.19.09

  20. Big City, Little Loft
    House Tours

    Big City, Little Loft

    New York City is the nation’s capital of cramped quarters. But for a select lucky few, scant square footage adds up to a cozy home to call one’s own.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    01.19.09

  21. New McDonald
    House Tours

    New McDonald

    For Katie and Scott McDonald, moving into a Rhode Island family home meant recasting the previously renovated house as a sanctuary of peaceful, Japanese-inspired design.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: John Horner
    01.08.12

  22. The Chatwal Hotel
    Hotels

    The Chatwal Hotel

    The prevailing approach to landmark preservation in New York tends to be either/or—i.e., if it’s not worthy of embalming, knock it down—which has deprived the city of many fine...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    12.02.10

  23. Avenue Road
    Travel Reports

    Avenue Road

    From the “Make Your Own Luck” desk: In June, the Toronto- and New York-based architects George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg opened the new furniture showroom-cum-gallery they designed for...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Chiun-Kai Shih
    07.13.10

  24. A Mid-Century Manhattan Loft
    My House

    A Mid-Century Manhattan Loft

    When you're running a company out of your home, you'd better hope you've got the space to keep everything in its place. Luckily, that's not a concern for Bob Weinstein.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    09.15.09

  25. Modern Courtyard House with Custom Rain Screen
    Houses We Love

    Modern Courtyard House with Custom Rain Screen

    This courtyard house on the edge of the Berkshires offers both grand vistas and plenty of privacy, thanks to its custom rain screen.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: John Muggenborg
    03.18.12

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