Life of the Law

An Architect’s Code

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

In its code of ethics, the American Institute of Architects requires members to “uphold human rights.” But what does that mean when it comes to prisons—specificially, those that confine inmates largely to their cells with little to do?


Plans For Smithsonian Museum 'Bubble' May Have Burst

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Hirshhorn contemporary art museum had proposed an ambitious plan for a giant, inflatable addition. But the Board of Trustees couldn't agree on whether to continue fundraising to build the bubble, so the museum's director — the project's biggest supporter — will resign.


For Second Time, Moore Family Loses Home To A Tornado

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., Monday destroyed some 12,000 homes, according to Oklahoma City Police. And for one family, it was the second house they've lost to a tornado in the past 14 years. Rena and Paul Phillips say that the recent loss won't make them move.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Architect Daniel Libeskind; AP Phone Probe; Artist JR

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Daniel Libeskind is the architect behind the 1,776-foot tower for One World Trade Center. He talks about his process, the symbolism behind the design, and his thoughts on architectural trends today. Plus: the Justice Department and the AP phone records; Steven Greenhouse of The New York Times on what lessons can come from the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh; and the artist JR on his Inside Out project that’s been in Times Square; and we kick off our series on obituaries.

Studio 360

MoMA Reconsiders Razing Neighbor

Friday, May 10, 2013

What do you do when your favorite museum of contemporary art and design decides to destroy one of your favorite examples of contemporary design? New Yorkers have asked themselves that question after the Museum of Modern Art recently announced that it would be razing its neighbor ...

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Looking at Plans for a New Nabe Atop Trains

Monday, May 06, 2013

New Yorkers can get a first peek at a new neighborhood being constructed on top of a rail yard on Manhattan's West side.

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How One Family Built America's Public Palaces

Monday, April 29, 2013

The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., has a new exhibit about the soaring tile vaults built by a famous father-son team. The Guastavinos came to this country from Spain in the late 1800s, and left their mark on some of America's most important public spaces.

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Presidential Libraries Inspire Design Of George W. Bush Center

Thursday, April 25, 2013

On Thursday, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. David Greene talks to former first lady Laura Bush about the library and life after the White House.


Trees On Top Of Skyscrapers? Yes! Yes, Say I. No! No, Says Tim

Friday, April 19, 2013

Two residential towers, dense with trees, will have their official opening later this year in downtown Milan. Blogger and critic Tim De Chant thinks it's high-time we stop planting trees on skyscrapers. Krulwich disagrees.



To Expand, MoMA Must First Raze

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Museum of Modern Art has decided to demolish a building that's only 12 years old to make way for the museum’s expansion plans.

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Trying To Preserve What's Left Of Manhattan's Little Syria

Monday, April 08, 2013

Preservationists are trying to protect the last vestiges of New York's Little Syria. They're seeking historic landmark status for a few buildings in Lower Manhattan. That's all that's left of what was once a thriving neighborhood, and arguably the center of Arab-American life.


FBI Building May Soon Be 'Put Out Of Its Misery'

Friday, April 05, 2013

With D.C. real estate booming, it's no surprise that the government is thinking about unloading a building seen by many as an eyesore. The J. Edgar Hoover Building, headquarters of the FBI, sits on a valuable spot along Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the Capitol and the White House.


Self-Taught Architect Behind Brooklyn's 'Broken Angel' Faces Eviction

Friday, March 29, 2013

Over the past three decades, artist and sculptor Arthur Wood has turned his four-story home into a towering cathedral built out of salvaged junk. But after a fire in 2006, the New York City Department of Buildings determined that the Clinton Hill landmark was no longer a safe place to live.


Versailles Gets Spiffed-Up On Its Day Off

Friday, March 29, 2013

Nearly 7 million people visit the Chateau at Versailles a year. But one day a week, it's closed. That's a spa day of sorts, when conservation work and cleaning takes place at the Grande Dame of France royal residences. The hardwood floors alone require nearly 1,000 gallons of wax a year.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Architect Bjarke Ingels on Sustainability

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Architect Bjarke Ingels explains "hedonistic sustainability," the idea that sustainable design can enhance our lives rather than be seen as a burden.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Iraq Today, Sustainable Architecture, Kids and Screens

Thursday, March 21, 2013

We wrap up our three-day series to mark the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq with a look at the impact the war has had both on the soldiers who have fought in it and Iraq’s environment. Architect Bjarke Ingels explains “hedonistic sustainability.” American Book Award-winner Mackenzie Bezos on her new novel, Traps. We’ll find out about the microbial life that scientists have discovered over 6 miles beneath the ocean’s surface. And, Hanna Rosin looks at whether apps geared toward kids are educational or are just teaching kids how to zone out.

2013 Pritzker Winner Toyo Ito Finds Inspiration In Air, Wind And Water

Sunday, March 17, 2013

"People who live in cities have become more isolated than ever," says the 71-year-old architect based in Tokyo. "I would like to use architecture to create bonds between people." Ito has designed stadiums, libraries, parks, theaters, homes and more in his four-decade career.


Studio 360

Vegetation Goes Vertical

Monday, March 11, 2013

In densely packed cities, green space is often hard to come by. Apartment dwellers who yearn for a whiff of nature resort to potted plants on fire escapes or roof gardens. But what if you could create forest with trees that stack on top of each other? A forest that grew up instead of out? ...

Slideshow: Vertical Forests

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Artist Prepares To Light Up San Francisco's Bay Bridge Like Never Before

Monday, March 04, 2013

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge "is the Rodney Dangerfield of bridges," as our friends at KQED say. While the Golden Gate gets respect and tourists, the Bay Bridge simply does its job. But the humble span will shine Tuesday, thanks to 25,000 LEDs.


The Photographer Who Made Architects Famous

Friday, March 01, 2013

If you know what Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater looks like, you might have Ezra Stoller to thank.