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Articles

Journalism and criticism for publications including Architect, Domus, Next City, Abitare, AEQAI, Bookforum, Clog, Crit, Guggenheim Blogs, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Landscape Architecture Plus (LA+), The Architect’s Newspaper, Yale Constructs, and more.

 
 
325 Kent Ave., Brooklyn. SHoP Architects. Photo © Ty Cole.

325 Kent Ave., Brooklyn. SHoP Architects. Photo © Ty Cole.

SHoP Architects: a New Skyline for Brooklyn. Domus (large projects supplement) June 2019.

“Two industrial monuments dominated the waterfront of Williamsburg, Brooklyn for most of the last century. The round-arched Domino sugar refinery, a massive brick edifice completed in 1884, dwarfed everything in the area except the exposed steel tower of the Williamsburg Bridge, which was constructed several years later…


Drywall Waste Block, a Green CMU. Architect Magazine, 2019.

“The masonry block, workhorse of modern construction, has been a target for innovation since the 1920s, when Frank Lloyd Wright built the first of his ‘textile block’ houses to demonstrate the beauty of inexpensive materials. Its latest reinvention comes from Washington State University (WSU) courtesy of WSU School of Design + Construction professor Taiji Miyasaka…

Drywall Waste Block by Taiji Miyasaka and David Drake. Photo by Amanda Ringstad .

Drywall Waste Block by Taiji Miyasaka and David Drake. Photo by Amanda Ringstad.


"Marching On" Performance in Marcus Garvey Park. Commissioned by Storefront for Art & Architecture. Marching Cobras of New York. Curated by Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson. Photo © Jenica Heintzelman.

"Marching On" Performance in Marcus Garvey Park. Commissioned by Storefront for Art & Architecture. Marching Cobras of New York. Curated by Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson. Photo © Jenica Heintzelman.

New York: reclaiming public space through music, marching, and design. Domus Web, 2018.

“Six drummers and ten dancers stand tall and still as statues on the sidewalk outside Storefront for Art and Architecture, where the exhibition “Marching On: The Politics of Performance” has just opened....


Stealth Building (WORKac). Architect Magazine, 2016.

“A sharply folding roof plane lies behind the cornice line of an 1857 building in New York City’s Tribeca South Historic District, invisible from the street. This secret aerie caps the renovation and expansion of an apartment building that was originally a five-story commercial loft, and that boasts one of the city’s oldest cast-iron façades....

Stealth Building, New York. WORKac. Photo © Bruce Damonte

Stealth Building, New York. WORKac. Photo © Bruce Damonte


Composed Enlarged Plan, Enlarged Section, Enlarged Ceiling Plan, Enlarged Elevation. City of 7 Billion Exhibition. © Joyce Hsiang and Bimal Mendis Mendis

Composed Enlarged Plan, Enlarged Section, Enlarged Ceiling Plan, Enlarged Elevation. City of 7 Billion Exhibition. © Joyce Hsiang and Bimal Mendis Mendis

City of 7 Billion (exhibition review). Yale Constructs, Spring 2016.

“City of 7 Billion almost seems postarchitectural, for it supersedes the traditional scale of architectural operations. Or it might be prearchitectural, in the sense that it prepares the terrain for an architecture yet to come. The exhibition set aside questions of urban form and cultural life in order to reveal the material and energy basis for urban civilization....


Letters to the Mayor: An Archive of Architecture's Conscience. Domus Web, 2016.

“In April 2014, Storefront for Art and Architecture initiated Letters to the Mayor, a program designed to highlight the sometimes overlooked relationship between architects and local political authorities, and to facilitate new conversations between them....

Letter from Keller Easterling. Letters to the Mayor: Buenos Aires, Galería Monoambiente, March 2016. Courtesy Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Letter from Keller Easterling. Letters to the Mayor: Buenos Aires, Galería Monoambiente, March 2016. Courtesy Storefront for Art and Architecture.


Twenty-Five Year Award: Monterey Bay Aquarium. Architect magazine, 2016.

“The Monterey Bay Aquarium behaves like an architectural appendage of the Pacific Ocean, drawing in and then relinquishing every drop of its 2 million–gallon capacity from the bay that pummels its structural foundation. The rapid exchange of seawater...

Monterey Bay Aquarium. Designed by EHDD. Photo Bruce Damonte.

Monterey Bay Aquarium. Designed by EHDD. Photo Bruce Damonte.


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KieranTimberlake

R&D Awards: Tally, an App for Assessing Environmental Impact. Architect magazine, 2016.

“Among architects determined to minimize buildings’ environmental impact, few have had the means to quantify the energy embodied in material sourcing, processing, and construction. The prevailing system of...


James Carpenter Design Associates with Grimshaw and ARUP. Sky Reflector-Net, New York. Photo © James Ewing/OTTO

James Carpenter Design Associates with Grimshaw and ARUP. Sky Reflector-Net, New York. Photo © James Ewing/OTTO

The Sky in the Subway: Sky Reflector-Net at the Fulton Center. Architectural Lighting, 2015.

“The combination sculpture and daylighting device was conceived by artist James Carpenter, who then collaborated with Grimshaw and Arup to fine-tune it and integrate it with the architecture and engineering of the Fulton Center. Composed of a steel cable net and 952 perforated, folded aluminum panels, it drives light deep into the cavernous space....


How Mount Vernon's HBIM Is Helping to Change Historic Preservation. Architect magazine, 2015.

“In the central passage of George Washington’s mansion at Mount Vernon, a graceful black walnut staircase, built in 1758, has its guts fully exposed. On display are a wrought-iron rod, a steel I-beam, a steel channel and tie-rod, and...

Revit model of Mount Vernon showing eras of construction coded by color. Courtesy Quinn Evans Architects.

Revit model of Mount Vernon showing eras of construction coded by color. Courtesy Quinn Evans Architects.


The TruLaser 1030 laser fabrication center, which cuts metal. Photo Fran Parente

The TruLaser 1030 laser fabrication center, which cuts metal. Photo Fran Parente

Light Manufacturing: Then and Now. Architectural Lighting, 2015. 

“New technologies have transformed both the marketplace for lighting products and the factories behind them. Manufacturers, large and small, have retooled their operations...


Setting a Standard in Building Information Modeling. Architect magazine, 2014.

“Drones that track construction through RFID-tagged hard hats and materials. Emergency responders with real-time knowledge of which building areas are structurally sound. Architects who can project revenue accurately. This is the nirvana of an architecture, engineering, construction, and...

Illustration Daniel Stolle

Illustration Daniel Stolle


Sara D. Roosevelt Park, New York City. Photo © Gideon Fink Shapiro

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, New York City. Photo © Gideon Fink Shapiro

Landscape and Everyday Life in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Next City, 2014. 

“It’s not yet eight o’clock on a brisk morning, but the dozen or so women practicing tai chi, bundled in down coats and scarves, don’t even look cold. Songbirds in bamboo cages chirp with gusto, tended by elderly men. No word yet from the chickens roosting in the community garden...


The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. The Architect's Newspaper, 2014.

“Paul Rudolph liked to work and live in midair. His drafting desk at his New York office from 1965 to 1969 was perched on a cantilevered mezzanine platform overlooking the reception lobby 20 feet below. At his Beekman Place penthouse in Manhattan, his grand piano and drafting desk were placed on a balcony high above the living room, while his shower/ bath had a clear Plexiglass floor that formed the ceiling of the kitchen and guest apartment below. It was not just that Rudolph liked vertiginous catwalks, precipices, and rail-less stairs, but rather that he saw architecture as a physical and emotional stimulant....

Cover of  The Architecture of Paul Rudolph , Timothy Rohan, Yale University Press, 2014.

Cover of The Architecture of Paul Rudolph, Timothy Rohan, Yale University Press, 2014.


“As Brutalism grew more monumental, it embodied a yearning for architecture as formidable as mountains and as malleable as earth. The architects associated with Brutalism envied the primal authority of the ground, even as they admired the power of machines and the fecundity of popular culture...

Rudolph Hall, Yale University. Photo © Gideon Fink Shapiro

Rudolph Hall, Yale University. Photo © Gideon Fink Shapiro


Image © Bruce Peterson.

Image © Bruce Peterson.

R+D Award Winner: Green Roof Vegetation Study. Architect magazine, 2013.

“It’s one thing to Photoshop a green roof into a rendering; it’s another thing to plant and sustain one. And it’s all but unheard of to go back and analyze the state of these living roofs years after their completion, as Philadelphia-based KieranTimberlake did for its groundbreaking Green Roof Vegetation Study....


Books for All: New Public Libraries in Washington, D.C.  Domus, 2012. 

“Designed by Adjaye Associates, the new Francis A. Gregory Library and the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library aim to be the most open, the most useful and the most inspiring places in their respective communities....

Adjaye Associates, Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington, D.C. Photo © Ed Sumner.

Adjaye Associates, Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington, D.C. Photo © Ed Sumner.


WORKac, Children's Museum of the Arts, New York. Photo © Ari Marcopoulos

WORKac, Children's Museum of the Arts, New York. Photo © Ari Marcopoulos

Manhattan Rainbow: Children's Museum of the Arts by WORKac. Domus, 2012. 

“Part of the modern tradition of beginning anew is to un-learn convention and face the world with the openness of a child. Artists and architects have admired the raw ingenuity that sometimes appears in children’s art, as well as children’s intuitive responsiveness to their environment. But does anyone pay attention to art that is actually authored by children?


Book Review: Picturing Two Sides of Modern American Architecture With Ezra Stoller and Maynard Parker. Architect magazine, 2012. 

“It was easy to fall in love with modern architecture in America in the years following World War II. You didn’t necessarily have to appreciate the merits of new building materials and methods, the clarity of structural logic, or the flexibility of modular systems. Talented photographers, along with their editors and stylists, overlaid all the talk of usefulness and economy with an aura of serene beauty and carefree simplicity....

Cover for Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012), featuring TWA Terminal, by Eero Saarinen. © Ezra Stoller | Esto | Yossi Milo GalleryBook

Cover for Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012), featuring TWA Terminal, by Eero Saarinen. © Ezra Stoller | Esto | Yossi Milo GalleryBook


Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, seen from the air. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, seen from the air. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

Emotional Landscapes: Interview with Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenburgh. Guggenheim Blog, 2012.

"I find any built landscape in an urban environment more moving than its counterpart in a nonurban location. In other words, there’s something really poignant about people having preserved or made landscape in a city for people to enjoy close to so many other people...."


Order and Adaptation: New York and the "Greatest Grid." Guggenheim Blog, 2012. 

“The exhibition displays a shifting interplay between total structural order and the special cases that constantly challenge and modify that order. This theme should appeal to urbanists around the world, as open-source theory, grassroots activism, and “informal” development vie with traditional planning techniques for control over the shaping of cities....

William Bridges map, 1811, detail. Map of the city of New York and island of Manhattan. Courtesy of the Library of Congress

William Bridges map, 1811, detail. Map of the city of New York and island of Manhattan. Courtesy of the Library of Congress


Museum of the Moving Image, New York. Domus Web, 2011.

“A wide gulf lies between a film and the constituent ingredients of its production. It is in the editing room, and ultimately on the screen, that piecemeal fragments of reality are reassembled and streamed into an optical hyperreality that bypasses the space of the body—and the space of architecture. For this reason, architecture typically disappears where the screen begins. But Thomas Leeser...

Museum of the Moving Image, New York. Designed by Leeser Architects. Photo © Peter Aaron.

Museum of the Moving Image, New York. Designed by Leeser Architects. Photo © Peter Aaron.


G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923–1926 Detlef Mertins, Michael W. Jennings (Eds.). Getty Research Institute, 2010.

G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923–1926 Detlef Mertins, Michael W. Jennings (Eds.). Getty Research Institute, 2010.

G: An Avant-Garde Journal of Art, Architecture, Design, and Film, 1923–1926. Domus Web, 2011. 

“The European avant-gardes of the 1920s, eager to revolutionize making and thinking for the modern world, yet lacking the means to test their ideas in practice, presented their work in numerous small but influential international journals. Contemporaneous with better-known periodicals such as De Stijland L'esprit nouveau...


Looking, Moving, Gathering: Functions of the High Line. Domus Web, 2011. 

James Corner says that the High Line showcases "the theatricality of social settings" as well as the emergence of a "postindustrial nature." This assessment gets to the core of the project's hybridization of park, street, and plaza....

The High Line, looking south. Photo © Iwan Baan.

The High Line, looking south. Photo © Iwan Baan.


Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain. Designed by Jürgen Mayer H. Photo David Franck

Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain. Designed by Jürgen Mayer H. Photo David Franck

Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain. Architect magazine, 2011. 

“But how to actually construct this exuberant civic monument? Steel was considered as a building material, as was fiber-reinforced concrete, and wood both with and without a weatherproof coating. Cost, fire performance, and the effects of expansion and contraction under the fierce Mediterranean sun were all parameters for the design. Ultimately, the Parasol structure was designed as a square waffle-grid system of interlocking, CNC-milled timber fastened with steel connectors and high-strength glue....


A 'Vision Machine' for New York City. Architect magazine, 2010.

“The modern idea of a residence as a “machine for viewing” dates back at least to Le Corbusier, whose 1930 Beistegui penthouse along the Champs-Elysées had a periscope through which the client could look out over Paris. Eighty years later, French architect Jean Nouvel is using the term “vision machine” to describe the new...


Anthony Coscia, Skywave House, Venice, California. Photo Anthony Coscia.

Anthony Coscia, Skywave House, Venice, California. Photo Anthony Coscia.

Skywave House, Venice California. Domus Web, 2010. 

“The modern dwelling wasn't born in Southern California, but it came of age there. Following the 1920s projects of Neutra and Schindler, the modern American house, with its open-plan informality and effortless crossover from interior to exterior, found its most paradigmatic expression in the architecture of Southern California's postwar suburbs....


Pike Street Loop: The Science and Fiction of Digital Fabrication. Crit (AIAS), 2010.

“We are two decades into the age of digitally-designed architecture, yet few seem certain of how the enor- mous processing power of computers will affect the look and feel of real buildings and cities. The results of complex data scripting...

Rendering of R-O-B constructing the Pike Loop. Gramazio & Kohler, ETH Zurich.

Rendering of R-O-B constructing the Pike Loop. Gramazio & Kohler, ETH Zurich.


Mur Observation Tower, Gosdorf, Austria. Designed by Terrain: loenhart&mayr.

Mur Observation Tower, Gosdorf, Austria. Designed by Terrain: loenhart&mayr.

Repeating Structural Node. Mur Observation Tower, Architect Magazine, 2010.

“Overlooking the Mur River along the southern edge of Austria, where military watchtowers once marked the border with Slovenia and the fringe of the Iron Curtain, a different kind of tower now invites day hikers to ascend 168 steps and enjoy the view....



Meet the Bloggers. Architect magazine, 2007.

“The ranks of small, independently published magazines that enlivened architectural discourse in the 1960s and 1970s have left few direct off spring in print. Instead, that culture of intrepid architectural commentary has reemerged online, in the form of blogs. “Blogging has become an incredibly important part of how architecture is discussed,” says Joseph Grima...

Jimmy Stamp,  lifewithoutbuildings.net . Image by Paul Wearing.

Jimmy Stamp, lifewithoutbuildings.net. Image by Paul Wearing.