Saturday, February 16, 2013

Best article about architecture I've read in quite some time

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.


TC said...

Have you read Tom Wolf's hilarious roast of modern architecture titled: "From the Bauhaus to our House?" Thin little tome that will give you a belly laugh. I also like the image of herding cats on the cover.

bjkeefe said...

I've never read that, no. I'll keep it in mind, since you recommended it, but I have to say that I have a vague memory of having been put off by most of what I've read by Wolfe.