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May 2016

Review of Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979

Architectural Record Ι May 25, 2016 For some, architecture has a unique ability to transpose fantasies into reality. And if you were an urbane heterosexual male in the last half of the 20th century, there weren’t many better fantasy generators than Playboy. In its pages, this debonair lifestyle was told and sold through Modern architecture and design: swinging glass and steel bachelor pads as naked of ornament as fem
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Architecture Isn’t the Villain of “High-Rise”—We Are

Metropolis Magazine Ι May 24, 2016   In Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, the first film adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, you get the entire litany of architecture-run-amok as it appears in virtually any cultural product. There’s the architect as mad visionary, capable of bringing astounding visions of the future into the present but unable to dictate their evolution once human imperfection intervenes. There’s the ma
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 5: Pullman’s Past, Present, and Future

EP 5: Pullman’s Past, Present, and Future  The neighborhood of Pullman on Chicago’s far South Side is a crucible of architectural, labor, industrial and civil rights history. It’s also a national monument, with big plans for renovation and redevelopment on the horizon. Commissioned by railroad magnate George Pullman in 1880 and designed by Solon Beman, Pullman was an idyllic workers utopia… for a few years, unt
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