Martin Filler

Brigitte Lacombe

Martin Filler

Martin Filler’s most recent book is Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume III: From Antoni Gaudí to Maya Lin, a collection of his writing on architecture in these pages. (June 2024)

Supersize That?

Supersize That?

New supertall skyscrapers planned for Manhattan will reduce the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building to the scale of souvenir tchotchkes. With the current glut of unoccupied office space, they may be the last of their kind.

Supertall: How the World’s Tallest Buildings Are Reshaping Our Cities and Our Lives

by Stefan Al

Sky-High: A Critique of NYC’s Supertall Towers from Top to Bottom

by Eric P. Nash and Bruce Katz

Billionaires’ Row: Tycoons, High Rollers, and the Epic Race to Build the World’s Most Exclusive Skyscrapers

by Katherine Clarke

Supertall | Megatall: How High Can We Go?

by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture

May 23, 2024 issue

The Architect of Subtraction

The Architect of Subtraction

Adolf Loos’s radical designs pared down architecture to its most basic elements.

Ornament and Crime: Thoughts on Design and Materials

by Adolf Loos, translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside

Essays on Adolf Loos

by Christopher Long

The Looshaus

by Christopher Long

Adolf Loos: Works and Projects

by Ralf Bock, with photographs by Philippe Ruault

The Private Adolf Loos

by Claire Beck Loos, translated from the German by Constance C. Pontasch and Nicholas Saunders, and edited by Carrie Paterson

Adolf Loos: The Last Houses

by Christopher Long

Adolf Loos on Trial

by Christopher Long

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April 6, 2023 issue

Whips and Vines

Whips and Vines

Recent books and exhibitions reveal that behind its undulating lines and swirling excesses, Art Nouveau was far more complex and nuanced than we once believed.

Aubrey Beardsley, 150 Years Young

an exhibition at the Grolier Club, New York City, September 8–November 12, 2022

Art Nouveau Architecture

by Anne Anderson

Henry van de Velde: Selected Essays, 1889–1914

edited by Katherine M. Kuenzli, translated from the French and German by Elizabeth Tucker

Hector Guimard: How Paris Got Its Curves

an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City, November 18, 2022–May 21, 2023; and the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, June 22, 2023–January 7, 2024

Hector Guimard: Art Nouveau to Modernism

catalog of the exhibition edited by David A. Hanks, with contributions by Barry Bergdoll, Sarah D. Coffin, Isabelle Gournay, Philippe Thiébaut, Georges Vigne, Alisa Chiles, and Yao-Fen You

Art Nouveau: Art, Architecture and Design in Transformation

by Charlotte Ashby

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December 22, 2022 issue

Xanadu’s Architect

Xanadu’s Architect

Despite designing over seven hundred buildings, the pioneering female architect Julia Morgan is now best known for a single, extremely eccentric commission: San Simeon, the estate of the legendary newspaper proprietor William Randolph Hearst.

Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect

by Victoria Kastner, with photography by Alexander Vertikoff

Julia Morgan: The Road to San Simeon: Visionary Architect of the California Renaissance

by Gordon L. Fuglie, Jeffrey Tilman, Karen McNeill, Johanna Kahn, Elizabeth McMillian, Kirby William Brown, and Victoria Kastner

September 22, 2022 issue

Hollywood’s Master Builder

Hollywood’s Master Builder

The African-American architect Paul R. Williams channeled the glamorous but breezy spirit of the Golden Age of Hollywood in designs that allowed his clients and the public to imagine themselves in fantasies akin to those spun out by the great movie studios.

Paul R. Williams: Classic Hollywood Style

by Karen E. Hudson, with photography by Benny Chan and a foreword by Michael S. Smith

Paul R. Williams

by Marc Appleton, Stephen Gee, and Bret Parsons

Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View

by Janna Ireland

Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story

a documentary film directed by Royal Kennedy Rodgers and Kathy McCampbell Vance

October 21, 2021 issue

Planning an Aryan Paradise

Planning an Aryan Paradise

The Nazis had ambitious plans for reshaping Norwegian architecture and infrastructure.

Hitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway

by Despina Stratigakos

Legacies of the Nazi Camps in Norway: Falstad 1941–49

by Trond Risto Nilssen and Jon Reitan

Kathe—Always Been in Norway

by Espen Søbye, translated from the Norwegian by Kerri Pierce, with an introduction by Sarah Wildman

May 13, 2021 issue

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