In the 1980s, the owner of Newsweek, Katharine Graham, reviewing plans to renovate the headquarters of the magazine, where I worked, questioned the necessity of private offices for the dozens of writers and editors.
Lovers of the Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram building in New York, a masterpiece of high modernist interior design, thought it was bad when, in September 2014, Aby Rosen, the building’s owner, forced the removal of "Le Tricorne", the monumental stage backdrop by Pablo Picasso that had hung in the restaurant for more than 50 years.
When the news of Zaha Hadid’s death hit on the morning of March 31st, the shock of its suddenness, fueled by the power of social media, set off a tidal wave of emotion that swept across the architecture world.
Jane Jacobs is celebrated for many things: her game-changing 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities; her shaking up of urban-development thinking and ideas about the functioning of city economies; her activism in opposition to urban highways and large-scale clearance of buildings.
When Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture was published 50 years ago, Vincent Scully announced in the introduction that it was “probably the most important writing on the making of architecture since Le Corbusier’s Vers une Architecture” of 1923.