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Architecture of Repair

From the June/July 2022 Print Edition

Although Christopher Alexander, who died this year on March 17, was officially an architect, the significance of his life lay in the challenge he posed to architecture. In a sense, he did not believe that -architects were necessary. Put a small group of people on a building site, give them materials . . . . Continue Reading »

Paradise Possible

From the Aug/Sept 2017 Print Edition

When exactly did utopia become less interesting than dystopia? The vision of a grim and gray future is just as much a fantasy as that of a perfectly ordered society, but somehow it is the grim one that now captures our attention. The descriptions of a glistening City of the Sun or a New Atlantis . . . . Continue Reading »

Pointed Principles

From the November 2014 Print Edition

Imperial Gothic: Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire, 1840–70 by g. a. bremneryale, 364 pages, $95 Over the course of a few years in the 1840s, the colonial architecture of high-church Anglicanism progressed from timorous neo-gothic copyism to uninhibited . . . . Continue Reading »