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Seaport Sets Sail

A 22-story condo tower at 150 Seaport Boulevard is one of several large developments at Boston's Seaport. Courtesy 150 Seaport Boulevard

With more than a dozen projects under construction or preparing to break ground soon, the South Boston Waterfront is finally fulfilling the ambitions of so many developers—and the late…

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Gone Grill

Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo's faceted, mirrored 1975 design. Courtesy Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

The UN Plaza Hotel Ambassador Grill and Lounge, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo and completed in 1975, cleverly uses mirrors and lighting to create faux skylights that help transform…

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Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris

Long before Los Angeles was stereotyped as a place that didn’t respect age or heritage, its terrain had been transformed from hillside native chaparral, oak woodlands, and riparian meadows to a regularized landscape of exotic evergreen trees, tropical palms, and green lawns. This botanical metamorphosis was spurred by…

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Chinatown Revolt

Courtesy Extell

Protesters from every borough gathered for a monthly action in front of Gracie Mansion. One seething speech after another—in Chinese, Spanish, and English—rallied against Mayor Bill de Blasio, declaiming his affordable housing plan as a sell-out to developers. He’s worse than Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, they say, for…

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One Santa Fe

Iwan Baan

In 1781, Spanish explorer Felipe de Neve established El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciúncula (The Village of the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula). A vast pastoral terrain teeming with grizzly bears surrounded the tiny outpost in what is now called California. In the…

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Cynthia Davidson and Monica Ponce de Leon

Bryan Debus

Before 2016 Venice Biennale Director Alejandro Aravena put forth his charge to architects around the world to exhibit what they were working on to improve quality of life through architecture, the United States Pavilion was already imagining the future of postindustrial American cities. With Detroit as…

High Climbing Design: SoftLAB

New York design studio SOFTlab collaborated with Lucas Werthein and Marcelo Pontes of experimental production company Black Egg to create a multi-faceted architectural lighting installation that has as much of an impact when the lights are off as it does when the display is on in full effect, corresponding with…

Where Have All the Artists Gone?

In 2010, Far Rockaway resident Patti Smith proclaimed that “New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling” and she recommended other cities like Detroit and Poughkeepsie where they should consider living. “New York City,” she said, “has been taken away from you. So my advice is:…

Jennifer Carpenter

New York–based architect Jennifer Carpenter recently teamed up with Lukas Lighting to create a collaborative working environment for digital marketing software company MediaMath at 4 World Trade Center.

The inspiration for the design has a lot to do with the company’s strengths. MediaMath employs a lot of…