John King last wrote for Dwell on suburban urbanism, a far cry Hugh Ferriss's world of sky-scraping charcoal forms. Currently the San Francisco Chronicle's urban design critic, King first encountered Farriss's atmospheric imagery in the 1980s, when its sky's-the-limit ethos seemed more archaic than it does today.

Surrogate Cities
So this is what city life boils down to: flat roofs, right angles, and steel-mesh awnings for industrial spice.
Cutting Edge
Asked to design a space for an art collector whose body and walls were already covered in decoration, architect Thom Faulders...