In his latest book, The Rise of the Creative Class–author Richard Florida argues that the stratospheric housing prices, costly entrepreneur-stifling zoning regulations, and homogenizing tidiness of "superstar cities" threaten to kill the creative ethos.
By Scott Sherman. Melville House, June 2015, 224 pages, $26. A historic-preservation battle over Carr're and Hastings's 1911 marble palace for the New York Public Library is the subject of Scott Sherman's Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library. The title's grandiosity is somewhat misleading: at no time was the landmark's exterior or its public spaces endangered by a controversial consolidation plan. Yet the battle over the main branch of the New York Public Library, which rises majestically along two city blocks behind a pair of stone lions (the Patience and Fortitude of
Tadao Ando has just added 3,700 square feet of new gallery space to his Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, which first opened in 2001. The exterior of the introverted reinforced-concrete structure remains unchanged. The Pulitzer Arts Foundation unveiled 3,700 square feet of new gallery space May 1, tucked within the serenely introverted structure designed by Tokyo-based Tadao Ando. In 2001, the Pulitzer opened in the Grand Center arts district of St. Louis with two long wings enclosed in honed concrete embracing a shallow reflecting pool and sculpture terrace. The main gallery, which remains unaltered, captures the movement of sun
The Harvard Art Museums, during renovation and expansion, showing the new addition. From Quincy Street, you would never know that the overhauled Harvard University Art Museums, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, lurks behind the puritanically aloof facade of the neo-Georgian Fogg Museum. Even the long boxy volume of Renzo Piano’s addition, which hoists itself one-story above Prescott Street, behind the rear of the Fogg, doesn’t fully disclose its size, even with showy glass cubes poking out at either end. The Fogg is now just one of three merged collections that opened November 16. To accommodate a daunting array of competing programmatic agendas