This is probably going to sound like I don't know much about art, but I know what I like, but despite my love for building and buildings, I usually find writing about architecture tedious in the extreme, pretentious pages that take forever to say nothing at all.
Not this time. David Owen's New Yorker piece, "The Psychology of Space," is an utter delight. It's nominally about a Norwegian firm, Snøhetta, which has been hired by New York City to redesign Times Square, to make it more appealing to pedestrians, but there's a lot more fascination at hand.
Sorry that the full version isn't available online to non-subscribers, but maybe you can find a print version of the 21 January 2013 issue at the library, or in the smallest room in the house of one of your elitist friends. Look for the cover featuring the newly inaugurated president dealing with Congress.