Architecture for Amateurs

Renderings of rooftop urban garden by SHop Architects for the Essex Crossing development on the Lower East Side.

Witold Rybczynski, emeritus professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of many books, including his latest How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit (Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2013), offers a beginner's guide to architecture, including a "walk-through" of submissions to the competition for the National Museum of African-American history.