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Coming soon to New York, an underground park: The Lowline

Do you like the Highline park in Manhattan? There’s a subterranean version coming soon. The Lowline looks like it’s going to be amazing. “Plans are underway to build what its supporters say would be the world’s first underground park,” reports Winnie Hu at the New York Times, under the terrific headline, “Move Over, Rats. New York Is Planning an Underground Park.”  …

Worst of McMansions: architectural criticism of inequality's most tangible evidence

Between the Reagan years and the crash of 2008, developers absorbed the skyrocketing wealth of the 1% with monuments to bad taste and ostentation: the McMansion. On “Worst of McMansions,” an anonymous architecture critic scrapes Zillow listings for these monster homes and ruthlessly marks them up, explaining exactly what makes them so ghastly. Perhaps more entertaining is the back-and-forth with readers, some of …

The Creative Architect – An iconic '50s creativity study finally comes to light in book form

See sample pages from this book at Wink. In 1958 and ’59, an unprecedented study was conducted by the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research at the University of California, Berkeley. The idea was to apply the latest psychological tests on the world’s most famous and accomplished architects to try and determine what makes them so creative and successful. In studying them, could some …