Samuel Medina

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Op-ed: Who cares if a building is advancing a theoretical architectural idea if that idea looks bad?

In early October, New York Magazine’s senior art critic Jerry Saltz complained on Instagram that New York City “has been made to...

Opinion: We can’t pedal our way out of the climate crisis

On September 1st, three days after Hurricane Ida’s deadly landfall in Louisiana, what was widely billed as the storm’s “remnants” swept through...

A new exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture reveals what floor coverings can tell us about late capitalism

To a certain stripe of observer, it is impossible to contemplate the serried, involuted vistas of a John Portman hotel lobby without recalling the...

The Chicago offices of the Swiss Consulate pull disparate influences into a cohesive, congenial whole

When Simon Hartmann, a principal and founding partner of HHF Architects in Basel, Switzerland, was approached about designing the Chicago offices of the Swiss...

Emotions run high at the PRO–designed Mandala Lab

At the Mandala Lab, a new learning-based initiative at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, everything is primed with meaning. Naturally, this includes...

Frank Gehry moved to Los Angeles 75 years ago; it’s only now coming around to his brand of wily artistry

Here’s a mental exercise: conjure, if you can, the artistic milieu of mid-to-late 1960s Los Angeles. This is the city of Billy Al Bengston,...

Adjaye Associates’ 130 Williams re-enchants the Lower Manhattan skyline

More than a century ago, urban reformers warning of the perils of congestion and unregulated development pointed to Lower Manhattan as Exhibit A. That...

Can’t make it to Italy? Here are the virtual exhibitions to see at the Venice Architecture Biennale

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you won’t be visiting Venice any time soon. But that’s fine, neither will I. You might...

In 1959, John S. Chase, Texas’s first licensed Black architect, laid claim to one of the state’s most radical houses

Editor’s note: The following text is excerpted from John S. Chase — The Chase Residence (Tower Books, 2020) by architect and University...

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announces new opening date and updated details

During last year’s airing of the Academy Awards, Tom Hanks, the actor and trustee of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in...

STUDIOS and WXY create a flexible workplace in an old New Jersey shipyard that builds on the lessons of yore

In wartime South Kearny, New Jersey, on land that once belonged to the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, some 35,000 workers...

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