PUBLICATIONS

FEATURES

"Best of What's New: Engineering." Popular Science, Dec. 2011.

"How to Lift 3,500 Tons: Jon Khachaturian began his career putting offshore oil rigs in place. Now he pulls them back out." Popular Science, Dec. 2011.

"What does it mean when museums position themselves as engines of social change...powered by luxury car companies? Stephen Zacks considers new claims on the urban environment." The Architects' Newspaper, Nov. 8, 2011.

“Government: Leadership Council: Five leading mayors talk about the challenges they face, the strengths of their cities, and their visions for the future."
Metropolis, Jan. 2011.

“Urban Intervention: The Syracuse Center of Excellence helps lay the foundation for the revitalization of a struggling Rust Belt city.
Metropolis, Nov. 2010.

"The Conservationist," "The Parkitect," "The Pedestrian."
Monocle, Jul./ Aug. 2010.

“Galeria Leme: Contemporary Art Dealer, São Paulo.”
Monocle, Nov. 2009.

“Learning Experience: Barnes & Noble connects design schools with the marketplace.”
Print, Oct. 2009.

“NY400: Dutch New York.”
Monocle, Sep. 2009.

“Three-Dimensional Dreams: The architectural fantasies of the boom era were a good thing.”
Wound, Summer 2009.

“Shop Idols: McNally Jackson Books,” “Dickson Despommier: Vertical Farms,” “Terry Schwarz: Shrinking Cities,” “High balls: Tokyo rooftop football.”
Monocle, Jul./Aug. 2009.

“240 Central Park South.”
Architectural Record, Jun. 2009.

“Q & A: Michael Moses: Art as a financial asset.”
Monocle, Jun. 2009.

Sweetgreen Restaurant: A renovated fast food chain serves up organic food and green design.”
Metropolis, Jan. 2009.

“Form Follows Performance: The German architect Stefan Behnisch pushes architectural form into new energy-efficient directions.”
Metropolis, Dec. 2008.

“The Painted Building: For three decades Steven Holl has used watercolors—drawn each morning, before the deadlines kick in—as a springboard toward the creation of architecture.”
Metropolis, Nov. 2008.

“The Affordable Housing Complex: In New York City, a new model has emerged: privately developed mixed-income projects by prominent architects that reach back into the sky.”
Metropolis, Oct. 2008.

“Design After Franco: Delayed by decades of civil war and dictatorship, contemporary Spanish design is now a force to be reckoned with in the international furniture-and-lighting scene.”
Metropolis, Sep. 2008.

“Exporting the Quad: Moore Ruble Yudell—and a handful of other top firms—is reshaping the university experience by creating, overseas, that unique American place: the college campus.”
Metropolis, Jul./ Aug. 2008.

“New York Condos.”
Oris, 52, 2008.

“Jeanne Gang: The Art of Nesting.”
Metropolis, Jun. 2008.

“Made in the USA: Contrary to popular belief, American manufacturing jobs haven’t all been shipped overseas. Utilizing better design and state-of-the-art technology, the sector has actually grown.”
Metropolis, Mar. 2008.

“Vanishing Point: An architect best known for teaching and theory builds his first project—a Mies-inspired glass house—as a vessel for the disappearing self.”
Metropolis, Jan. 2008.

“Beyond the Spectacle: Dubai’s insane rate of development is easy to misinterpret—even caricature—but the cliché obscures the city’s more serious ambitions.”
Metropolis, Nov. 2007.

“Peter Gluck’s Social Work: An outspoken architect points the way to socially responsible practice.”
Metropolis, Sep. 2007.

“The Discreet Charm of Bernard Khoury: The context-driven work of an emerging architect reflects his deep ambivalence about the high-end reconstruction of Beirut.”
Metropolis, Jul. 2007.

“The Magic Lantern: A masterful addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum by Steven Holl Architects brightens the landscape of midtown Kansas City.”
Metropolis, Mar. 2007.

“The DNA of Science Labs: Can architecture help produce paradigm-shifting discoveries? A research center by Rafael Vinoly aims to find out what makes scientists—and the human mind—tick.”
Metropolis, Feb. 2007.

“Native Son: Oklahoma City’s Rand Elliott carves out an impressive body of work that’s deeply rooted in place and local culture.”
Metropolis, Dec. 2006.

“The Great Divide: With a border running through the center of Nicosia—and politicians squabbling—architects and planners on the opposing sides prepare for the city’s eventual reunification.”
Metropolis, Jun. 2006.

“Beyond Black + White: Philip Freelon built his firm from the ground up—and now he’s the go-to architect for African-American cultural commissions.”
Metropolis, Feb. 2006.

“Family Reunion: In Texas two brothers create a modern tribute to their Vietnamese roots, uniting three generations.”
Metropolis, Aug./Sep. 2005.

“Winka’s Riff: An architect known for computer-generated forms and social theory builds her first real house.”
Metropolis, Aug./Sep. 2004.

“Lay of the Land: A new map of the West Bank reveals a troubling phenomenon—urban sprawl as human rights abuse.”
Metropolis, Feb. 2003.

NEWS

"A Moving Archive: True to the work of the pioneering Korean artist, the Nam June Paik Library turns research into a performance." Metropolis, September, 2011.

"Motor City Freeway Span: New bridge and park reunite Detroit's Mexicantown neighborhood." The Architect's Newspaper, Jun. 16, 2011.

“I'll Take Manhattanville: Many states have clamped down on eminent domain. Recent court cases signal that New York won't be following their lead.”
Architectural Record, Aug. 2010.

“At Cornell University, Groundbreaking Could Mark the End of a 12-Year Saga.”
Architectural Record, Jul. 2009.

“Earls Gone Wild.”
Print, Apr. 2009.

“Thinking about Shrinkage: Dessau is one of several German cities testing creative solutions for urban depopulation.”
Metropolis, Nov. 2008.

“Whirlwind Tour: Kansas architecture students haul a prefab arts center across the state to a tornado-ravaged town.”
Metropolis, Nov. 2008.

“In from the Sea: Traditional fishermen in Lebanon land a custom-designed community.”
Metropolis, Sep. 2008.

“Experimenting with Disaster: In a battered New Orleans, the CityBuild consortium creates a process for community-based projects.”
Metropolis, Sep. 2008.

“Beyond the Wall: A young architect finds promise in the concrete barriers that divide Israel and Palestine.”
Metropolis, Feb. 2008.

“The Eternal Glow: Studio FAM’s memorial to victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombings.”
Metropolis, Jun. 2007.

“The Politics of Pleasure: The Van Alen Institute’s latest exhibition is a scenic argument for the importance of recreational spaces in cities.”
Metropolis, Sep. 2006.

“Great Plains Urbanism: The conservative, pragmatic Midwestern city of Omaha, Nebraska, institutes one of the country’s most progressive sets of urban-design standards.”
Metropolis, Sep. 2006.

”Orange Alert: Detroit artists use color to draw attention to urban blight.”
Metropolis, Jun. 2006.

”Museum on the Mount: New York-based architect David Hotson lands a commission for the most prominent site in Armenia.”
Metropolis, Mar. 2006.

“The Heart of Beirut: Developer Solidere has succeeded in restoring downtown as a meaningful public realm.”
Metropolis, Mar. 2006.

“The Dark Side of Architecture: A new book by Kyong Park looks for signs of rebirth in destruction.”
Metropolis, Jan. 2006.

“The Building as Canvas: A German studio responds to the ubiquitous Balkan air conditioner.”
Metropolis, Nov. 2005.

“Up in Michigan: How the contract furniture industry became a beacon for sustainable design.”
Metropolis, Nov. 2005.

“How to Renovate a Totalitarian Building: Bucharest’s National Museum of Contemporary Art opens in a section of the wildly oversize Palace of Parliament Building.”
Metropolis, Jun. 2005.

“Symbolic Architecture: As ethnic conflict persists in Kosovo, churches and other buildings have become disputed territory.”
Metropolis, Jan. 2005.

“Urban Studies: As the world grows more complex, designers undertake extracurricular projects to boost understanding of the changing urban environment.”
Metropolis, Aug./Sep. 2004.

”A New Coat of Paint: Lithuania’s past complicates the restoration of its capital’s historic center.”
Metropolis, Feb. 2004.

“Anti-War Machine: Can a design for a vacation house comment seriously on international politics?”
Metropolis, Aug./Sep. 2003.

“Punk-Rock Urbanism: Joel Rash and friends built Flint, Michigan, on rock and roll.”
Metropolis, Nov. 2002.

“Capital Idea: Can Nigeria live up to the democratic ideals inherent in its new capital city’s design?”
Metropolis, Jul. 2001.

“Fashion Statement: A T-shirt becomes an important weapon in the war against Slobodan Milosevic.”
Metropolis, Nov. 2000.

“Shell Game: No one’s talking about the real reason Detroit wants casinos.”
Metropolis, Oct. 2000.

REVIEWS

Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World by Catherine Tumber. The Architects' Newspaper, Sep. 19, 2011.

Media Production Center, Columbia College Chicago, Studio Gang. Blueprint, Jun. 2010

The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places, David Gibson.
Print, Jun. 2009.

Creative Time: The Book, Anne Pasternak and Ruth Peltason.
Metropolis, Jun. 2007.

Spectacle, David Rockwell.
Metropolis, Oct. 2006.

The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics, Milton Glaser and Mirko Illic.
Metropolis, Jul. 2005.

OPINION

“The Good Life? A survey of leisure activities in New York leaves a lot to be desired—in particular, something to drink.”
Metropolis, Oct. 2008.

“Follow the Money: With the winning bid for the Hudson Rail Yards announced, the author takes a critical look at the flawed selection process.”
Metropolismag.com, Mar. 31, 2008.

“The Global Contract: The raging, unregulated world economy is now one we all share. How we reconcile that with the threats facing us will be the moral and technological dilemma of our time.”
Metropolis, Oct. 2007.

“In Praise of Gentrification: Why our traditional assumptions about economic development are all wrong.”
Metropolis, Dec. 2005.

“The Art of Democracy: What an urban art festival in Panama City can teach Americans about freedom of speech, memory, and art in the public realm.”
Metropolis, Jul. 2003.

NEWSPAPERS

“A Pilgrimage Through the Balkans, Looking for Dots to Connect.”
The New York Times, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Aug. 29, 2006.
(Republished as “A Caravan of Hope for the Balkans,” International Herald Tribune, Sep. 12, 2006.)

“Near No Man's Land, a Quest for Unity and Peace.”
The New York Times, Heyri Art Valley, South Korea, Jul. 23, 2005.

“Harlem Renaissance.”
The Village Voice, New York, Apr. 18, 2001.

“Desert Roses: African Film Comes of Age.”
The Village Voice, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Mar. 10, 2001.

BOOKS AND PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

A Beautiful Ruin, or How to Use the City: The Cultural Movements that Transformed New York, 1967-1985. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014.

“Gentrification Improves American Cities.” Opposing Viewpoints Series: The Middle Class, ed. David M. Haugen. Greenhaven Press, 2010.

"Détournement, or the Misguided Oppositional Ideology of the College-Educated Urban Elite." TARP Architecture Manual, ed. Alpna Gupta, James Williams. Brooklyn, NY: Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Spring, 2011.
“Factory Town: Reports of the death of manufacturing in New York have been greatly exaggerated.” The New York 2030 Notebook, ed. Jeff Byles and Olympia Kazi. New York: Institute for Urban Design, 2008.

“Contested Territories: Interview with Eyal Weizman.” Else/ Where: Mapping, ed. Janet Abrams and Peter Hall. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2006.

“The Art of Democracy.” Urban Art and Global Cities: An Experiment in Context, ed. Gerardo Mosquera and Adrienne Samos. Amsterdam: Kitt Publishers, 2004.

“La Haine, or Culture Wars in Paris and the Banlieues.” African Images: Recent Studies and Text in Cinema. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2000.

“A Problematic Sign of African Difference in Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Reassemblage.” African Cinema: Post-Colonial and Feminist Readings. Trenton, NY: Africa World Press, 1999.

“The Theoretical Construction of African Cinema.” African Cinema: Post-Colonial and Feminist Readings. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1999.

PANELS, PRESENTATIONS, JURIES, REVIEWS, AND AWARDS

Cornell University, College of Art, Architecture, and Planning. A Beautiful Ruin presentation, Mar. 11, 2014.

University of California San Diego, Visual Arts Department, Flint Public Art Project presentation. Feb. 25, 2014.

James Gallery, City University of New York Graduate Center, Flint Public Art Project presentation, Oct. 2, 2013.

Artist Run Michigan panel, Flint Public Art Project presentation, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI. Oct. 1, 2013.

54 Jeff Jury, SiTE Lab, Grand Rapids MI, Sep. 24, 2013.

Creative Many Development Summit, Grand Rapids, MI, Flint Public Art Project presentation, Sep. 15, 2013.

Arts Writers Grant, Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation, A Beautiful Ruin, 2012.

McDowell Fellowship, Winter, 2012.

ArtPlace Creative Placemaking Grant. Flint Public Art Project, 2012 - 2013.

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts, Production Grant, A Beautiful Ruin, or How to Use the City: The Generation that Transformed New York, Dec. 1, 2011.

Newtown Creek Fund, Grant. Consensus-Building Public Space Projects in the Newtown Creek Watershed. Fall, 2011.

Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Studio X, Lecture, Social Practices in the City. "Not a Wasted Region," Moji Baratloo, Oct. 11, 2011.

University of Michigan College of Architecture, Lecturer and Guest Critic. Nahyun Hwang, The Corporation, Architecture, and the City. Oct. 1, 2011.

The City College of New York School of Architecture, Lecturer and Guest Critic. Denise Hoffman Brandt, Flint Landscape Architecture Studio, Oct. 20 & 27, 2011.

NY Institute of Technology, Guest Critic: William Rockwell, High/Low: Alternatives for High Density Housing within SPURA. May 12, 2011.

Pecha Kucha New York #11, “The Dimensions of the New City.” Flint Ecological Urbanism Project. May 7, 2011.

Pratt Institute, Guest Presentation: Erik Ghenoiu, Insidious Urbanism. Apr. 5, 2011.

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Guest Critic: Stephen Cassell and Susannah Drake, Between the Bridges: Beyond Infrastructure. Mar. 29, 2011.  

NY State Council on the Arts, Jury: Architecture, Planning & Design, 2011.

Pratt Institute, Guest Critic: Jason Vigneri-Beane and Elliot Maltby, Final Thesis Reviews, Dec. 8, 2010.

Pratt Institute, Guest Speaker: Erik Ghenoiu, History and Theory of Reform Housing: Berlin and New York, Dec.  1, 2010.

Syracuse University New York, Guest Critic: Jon Lott and Vince Appel, Council on the Art and Humanities for Staten Island. Jul. 30, 2010.

NY State Council on the Arts, Independent Projects Grant, Architecture, Planning and Design: Storefront: Downtown Alternative Space, 2010.

Columbia University, GSAPP, Guest Critic: Michael Bell, Hunters Point South housing studios, Dec. 9, 2009.

HomeBase Project, Presentation: How to Squat: A Conversation with Alan Moore, May 16, 2009.

Architecture for Humanity NY, Jury Member, Red Hook Vendors Design Competition, Dec. 12, 2008.

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Guest Critic, Georgeen Theodore, Detecting the Open City: An Exploration of New Jersey’s Communities, Dec. 10, 2008.

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Guest Critic: Hashim Sarkis, Final Thesis Reviews, May 15, 2008.

AIA Center for Architecture, Respondent: Design Heroix: Laura Kurgan, Apr. 13, 2008.

International Design Forum Dubai, Moderator: Smart and Sustainable Cities, May 28, 2007.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Panelist: Shrinking Cities exhibition, Improve your Lot! Feb. 4, 2007.