Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, and author of Writing about Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Dwell, Metropolis, Print, New York Magazine and The New York Times.


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Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, and author of Writing about Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Dwell, Metropolis, Print, New York Magazine and The New York Times.

She is co-author, with Jane Thompson, of Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living to American Homes (Chronicle, 2010). She teaches architecture criticism in the D-Crit Program at SVA and the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program at NYU. Her dissertation, "There’s No Place Like Work," analyzed the design, architecture and leadership of four American corporations in the 1950s and 1960s: CBS, Connecticut General, Deere & Co. and IBM.

Alexandra Lange
Lucia Eames, 1930-2014
04.08.14

An appreciation of Lucia Eames (1930-2014).


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Not Afraid of Noise: Mexico City Stories

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Premature Demolition
02.11.14

The Folk Art Museum, David Adjaye's market hall, and the first addition to the Morgan Library. If three makes a trend, then premature demolition qualifies.


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Criticism = Love
02.01.14

Why you have to love design to be a critic.


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Playing With Design: Fredun Shapur

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Year of the Women
12.30.13

A year-end wrap-up of my favorite stories. The common theme? Women and the making of design.


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Lunch with the Critics: Fourth-Annual Year-End Awards

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Alexandra Lange on Performance

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Art On Campus
11.18.13

A review of the renovated Blaffer Art Museum and James Turrell's latest skyspace, "Twilight Epiphany."


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L.A. Loves Deborah Sussman
11.08.13

A Kickstarter for an upcming exhibition on the wotk of Deborah Sussman in Los Angeles.


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Where We Work

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MoMA’s Modern Women

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Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, Freelancer
10.03.13

One of the incidental pleasures of Judith Major’s new book on pioneering architecture critic Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer is the glimpse it gives into the life of a cultural journalist at the turn of the past century.


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Learning New Tricks

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A World of Paste and Paper

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Rural Vacation | Urban Questions
08.20.13

Driving Vermont's rural routes I began to wonder: Why does this town get a brand-new energy-efficient supermarket, and that one a minimart-slash-video store-slash-bank?


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Nevermind the Masterpiece
07.23.13

What's your "Masterpiece of Everyday New York"? A broken umbrella? A shirtwaist? Discarded gum?


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How To Unforget

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An ABC of the ABCs
07.01.13

Were you a child? Did you read books? Then the NYPL's "ABC of It" serves as a portal back in time.


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Every Little Thing
06.21.13

Cranbrook: A campus where the designers have thought of everything.


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That Personal Touch
06.10.13

In the age of the digital signature, what does script mean?


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Praise the Partner(s)

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Home Improvement

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The Fork and the World: Design 101
05.28.13

If you had to explain design to the uninitiated, where would you start?


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Dream Weaver
05.18.13

On a retrospective of the work of midcentury sculptor Ruth Asawa at Christie's, her first solo show in New York in 50 years.


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Anxiety, Culture and Commerce

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Beyond Gorgeous
04.24.13

Is prettiness a distraction? Yes, when it comes to taking Alexander Girard seriously.


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Architecture Without Signs

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What It Costs (to Buy a Bench, to Extend a Curb)

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Portlandia + Timelessness
04.03.13

No better place to consider what looks timeless now than downtown Portland.


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Instagramming Around Australia
03.18.13

Lessons from contemporary Australian architecture, plus what I saw on Instagram.


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After the Museum: The Tumblr
03.07.13

To create metamuseum.tumblr.com, a multi-museum, multi-curator Tumblr @MADMuseum, I saw it as a kind of curatorial game: Show Me What You’ve Got.


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Patterns of Houston

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Why Bernadette Fox Is Scary

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Balthazar Korab, RIP
01.21.13

Tribute to architectural photographer Balthazar Korab, and a discussion of what made him different from contemporary Ezra Stoller.


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Kicked A Building Lately?

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George Nelson in Two Dimensions

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Bad Taste True Confessions: Erté

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Lunch With The Critics: Third-Annual Year-End Awards

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Reintroducing the Tilletts

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3rd Annual Holiday Card Review
11.21.12

Holiday card designs for 2012 reveal the social media preoccupations of their buyers, whether it is Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram or old-fashioned (perhaps Downton Abbey-inspired?) stationery.


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Knolling Your Polling Place
11.13.12

Knolling your polling place: for the next election, a little spatial organization would go a long way.


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“I Have Seen the Future”: Designer as Showman

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Dot Supreme

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Shopping With Sandro, and Other Tumblr Delights
10.14.12

Digitizing the Miller House Collection, and other museum and corporate visual archives on Tumblr.


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Having Fun at the Museum
10.08.12

Blocks, rocket ships, playgrounds and balls: the hidden meaning of playthings at the Museum of Modern Art.


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Let’s Talk About Women in Architecture
09.27.12

A panel on Women in Design, and questions about whether such panels should exist.


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Just Keep Typing

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Someone Else’s Shangri La
09.10.12

An exhibition of Doris Duke's Honolulu mansion, Shangri La, proves a “Spanish-Moorish-Persian-Indian complex” works as theater.


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Art Matters to Architecture
08.28.12

In Indianapolis, a restored Milton Glaser mural allows us to see its Brutalist home as its architect intended: with color!


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Critics Critical Criticism
08.21.12

Meta-criticism all over the blogosphere (but why only about books?)


Alexandra Lange
The Critical Olympics
07.31.12

What the best sports commentary does is just like criticism: it makes you care about the previously abstract.


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Hiking the Museum
07.28.12

Ennead Architects’ new Natural History Museum of Utah works to make natural history seem like the ongoing process of discovery that it is, layering geology and topography, paleontology and interactivity.


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Obama’s New Fonts

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The Shape of Lunch

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The Charismatic Megafauna of Design
06.15.12

Identifying the "charismatic megafauna" of design and the critical uses of their popularity.


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Introducing Strelka Press

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Dress Your Family in Formica and Faux Bois

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The Well-Tempered Environment

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The Mother of Us All

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Against Kickstarter Urbanism
05.02.12

You can Kickstart an edible spoon, but not a city.


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Fixing South Street Seaport: Is New Architecture Enough?
04.23.12

Fighting over Ben Thompson's postmodernist landmark Pier 17 at South Street Seaport. Should it stay or should it go?


Alexandra Lange
Carlo Scarpa, Quilter
04.17.12

Olivetti and Doges: How Carlo Scarpa updated the Venetian treasure chest.


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Frank Lloyd Wright + Katniss Everdeen
04.05.12

On photographing architecture as sculpture and telling stories via architecture.


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‘Deco Japan’ + Designing Women
03.26.12

The Japan Society's new exhibition
"Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945" displays the surprising globalism of this little-known period in Japanese design, when pent-up post-1923-earthquake desires for new goods and new traditions met up with a new openness to Western arts and the rise of industrialization

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City of Shoes: Is Urbanism Scalable?

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Reassembling the American Dream
02.22.12

"Foreclosed" at the Museum of Modern Art asks what people really like about suburban living. And then, Can they do that with less?


Alexandra Lange
Downton Abbey: Fell In Love With a House
02.17.12

Downton Abbey, for all its melodrama and dropped teacups, is really the story of falling in love with a house.


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Round Thermostats and Crystal Lanterns, Revisited

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Want to Buy A Valentine?

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Married at Moss

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A Memorial to (Random Access) Memory

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Design for Girls: Put A Heart On It
01.03.12

If you give my baby daughter a purse, couldn't it look a little more like mine?


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Girard the Magnificent
12.22.11

Is it enough to be gorgeous? If so, Todd Oldham and Keira Coffee's 15-pound Alexander Girard wins Book of the Year.


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Reinventing the Thermostat

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When Modernists Get Crafty
12.07.11

The Museum of Arts and Design's Crafting Modernism makes a good case for bringing back macrame.


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Lunch With The Critics: Second-Annual Year-End Awards
12.05.11

From Twitter to Apollo, Barbie to Occupy Everywhere: The best and worst moments in design for 2011.


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Cooking with the Eameses

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Decorating Brutalism: The Interiors of Kevin Roche
11.22.11

How do you decorate a brutalist building? For architect Kevin Roche, the answer was brown, mirrors, and trees.


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Who Are We Competing For?
11.16.11

At the "Zoning the City" conference, planners insisted cities were in competition? But why are we so focused on the people who want to leave, rather than those who want to stay?


Alexandra Lange
Lessons from the High Line
10.31.11

How can the High Line become a new paradigm, and not a dead end?


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Tell Me a Story, ‘Urbanized’

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Architecture Research Office
10.19.11

Interview with Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky on the occasion of their National Design Award


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TWA: Still Kicking
10.19.11

Not a disappointment: a first thrilling visit to Eero Saarinen's legendary flight center.


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Should We Boycott the New Barnes?

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What Makes Architecture Useful?
10.04.11

At Experimenta Design 2011, the buildings of Lisbon make the best argument for the ongoing usefulness of good design.


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What the Cooper-Hewitt Needs: More Design, Less Talk
09.19.11

My six suggestions for how to fix the National Design Museum.


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Thinking in Tumblr
09.13.11

Don't write a book, make a Tumblr.


Alexandra Lange
Stop That: Minimalist Posters
09.06.11

Make a minimalist poster, see your work travel the digital world.


Alexandra Lange
Announcing LetsGetCritical.org
08.31.11

My new blog collects the best arts & culture criticism, essays and reviews.


Alexandra Lange
Up From Zero, the Novel
08.24.11

A post-9/11 fiction scooped by reality.


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A Stitch in Time
08.18.11

Sewing for your daughter, circa 1965.


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Reading in Public

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Welcome Back, Overbite
08.05.11

Albert C. Ledner's mid-century scallops and portholes have staying power.


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The Uses of Cranks

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Jane Austen, Landscape Architect

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Making Dieter Rams

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Would You Like Words With That?

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Welcome to the Hall of Femmes

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Jane Austen, Architect?
06.22.11

Why is Austen next to Ballard on the Designers & Books lists?


Alexandra Lange
Let’s Go! World’s Fairs of the 1930s
06.15.11

"Designing Tomorrow" at the National Building Museum showcases the optimisim, futurism and dreamy design ideas of the 1930s.


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New Apple HQ, 1957
06.11.11

Wouldn't it be more radical for Apple to move back to town?


Alexandra Lange
An Atlas of Possibility
06.01.11

The Institute for Urban Design's By the City/For the City project provokes crowd-sourced possibilities for New York's future.


Alexandra Lange
On GOOD: Why Are Car Seats So Poorly Designed?
05.27.11

If you want parents to use public transportation, first you have to fix the car seat.


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Vicarious Thrifting, via Twitter

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Manhattan Museum Musical Chairs
05.12.11

Bye, bye Museum of American Folk Art. Hello the forward march of the Modern.


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Science Gets Around to Architecture

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In T: High Fiber
04.29.11

"Knoll Textiles, 1945-2010" opens new territory in midcentury design – upholstery – and shows us more than a few new female designers.


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The Only Thing There’s Just Too Little Of
04.26.11

What parenthood and artistic endeavor have in common: not enough time.


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City Beautiful of Kazakhstan
04.19.11

Why is Norman Foster the go-to guy for new capitals?


Alexandra Lange
All That Glitters (and Swoops)
04.12.11

What reviews of aberrant design and Van Cleef diamonds have in common: the death of the design show.


Alexandra Lange
Making the Modern House Home
04.11.11

The Miller House, designed by Saarinen, Roche, Girard and Kiley, has been largely out of sight to the design world since its publication in House & Garden in 1959. Until now that is...


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Muddying the Waters

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Onesies and Crime
03.31.11

Ruffles, butterflies and bows: this is how we ornament our girl babies.


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Bad Faith Towers

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Reading Out Loud
03.07.11

The disappearing physical on-ramps to reading.


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Something Old, Something Green
02.28.11

The Ball jar: could this be our classless package?


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ISO The Digital Sidewalk Critic

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Neat Freaks
02.21.11

Organizing things neatly = what IBM, Ray Eames, Herbert Matter and Tumblr have in common.


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I Was an Unhappy Hipster

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Whatever Happened to the Dinner Party?
02.10.11

Why has the dinner party become an endangered species of entertainment?


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The Moms Aren’t Wrong
02.01.11

Why planning cities for children would make them better for us all.


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Objects Fall From the Sky
01.27.11

What's more important: crediting a designer or the designer credited?


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What Should Food Look Like?
01.19.11

Food packaging and what it says about class.


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How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Eameses?
01.17.11

Alexandra Lange reviews the book The Story of Eames Furniture, by Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart (Gestalten, 2010).


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Bring Back Braids

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Is No the Answer?
01.10.11

Bag bans, yes. But why is no plastic the answer?


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From the Cabat to the City
01.03.11

Is Bottega Veneta's Tomas Maier an industrial designer trapped in the fashion world?


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Designing with Cookies

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Lunch With The Critics: Year-End Awards
12.24.10

Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange pick the best and worse moments in design for 2010.


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Shopping D/R at Etsy

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On Boring

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Throw Pillows As Character

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No Rest at the Last Supper

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Little Boxes

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Networks Before the Internet
12.02.10

A new exhibit at the Noguchi Museum shows how small and intertwined were the worlds of mid-century art, design and architecture.


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Sans Serif Seasons Greetings

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Criticism Kerfuffle 2010

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New City Reader: Sidewalk Sale
11.23.10

How Atlantic Yards became Barclays Center and disappeared from Brooklyn in the process.


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My Marimekko Uniform
11.18.10

Wearing Marimekko is like being a walking work of art.


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Dan Wood
11.17.10

A conversation with WORKac architect Dan Wood about design, food and cities.


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You Have to Pay for the Public Design

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Ornament & Time
11.12.10

Another loss to the digital age: the architectural clock.


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Super 8
11.09.10

Is BIG's 8 House just another version of the 'burbs?


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Keeping Faith
11.05.10

A church and a cemetery reawaken my faith in a higher architectural standard.


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GourmetLive: The Architecture of Food

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What I Would Have Bought in Sweden
10.26.10

While the Swedish modern architecture we saw ran to blank surfaces of stone, glass and stucco, every store was bursting with color and pattern.


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Join the Conversation!
10.25.10

I am hosting this week's Glass House Conversations, inspired by the comments (on and off the blogosphere) in reaction to my negative review of the Museum of Modern Art's "Small Scale, Big Change" exhibition.


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AN Friday Review: Harry Weese

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Northern Highlights
10.21.10

I don't usually do photo posts, but while I am mentally processing my trip to Denmark and Sweden, I thought I would share some architecture, design, foliage moments from the trip. I think the theme is texture.


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In Dwell: Platner’s Opulent Modernism

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On Design Observer: Girard + Folk Art
10.19.10

Alexander Girard fascinates me as an architect who refused to play the skyscraper game, focusing his considerable talents on restaurants, textiles, exhibitions and murals.


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Designing with Folk Art
10.19.10

Alexandra Lange examines Alexander Girard's work at the Deere & Co. Administrative Center, which he completed in the 1960's.


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FT Weekend: People in glass houses

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Change Observer: "Small Scale" Reviewed

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Uncommon Ground
10.07.10

Exhibition review of "Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement," Museum of Modern Art, New York.


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Yummy Too
10.06.10

Missing from my previous post on the Cooper Union exhibit Appetite (closing Saturday) were images of Milton Glaser's work for Grand Union.


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Family Business
10.04.10

I've often alluded to my designer grandparents on this blog, and here is visual proof: two posters by my grandfather, John R. Scotford Jr., during his long career designing for Dartmouth.


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Not Afraid of Color
10.03.10

Alice Rawsthorn and I think alike on the Le Corbusier palette.


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In T: The Zootopian
10.01.10

In early August I had the pleasure of traveling (by plane, train, local train and subway) to Sonneberg, Germany to interview toy designer Renate Müller.


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This is A Thrill...
09.29.10

Design Research reviewed in the New York Times.


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Yummy!
09.28.10

I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition
Appetite, curated by Alexander Tochilovsky at the Herb Lubalin Center at Cooper Union, not least because it was bite-sized.

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Masdar: So Many Questions
09.26.10

I was not planning to post anything about 
Sukkah City. It all just looked like an architecture studio: so much effort, such worked-over results, and an inability to see the forest for the trees.

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Rendering v. Reality in Sukkah City
09.24.10

I was not planning to post anything about
Sukkah City. It all just looked like an architecture studio: so much effort, such worked-over results, and an inability to see the forest for the trees.

Alexandra Lange
The Still-Expanding Airport
09.21.10

In 1958, after some failed attempts by the Saarinen office to make a stop-motion film of their model for Dulles Airport, Eero Saarinen called upon his old friend Charles Eames to help him out.


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Shall I Complain About the New Yorker?
09.16.10

Once again, The New Yorker embarrasses itself by not fully contextualizing design in it's Style issue.


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NYT Opinionator: If These Walls Could Talk
09.14.10

ABC's Modern Family presents three different families, each defined by the design of their living rooms.


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My Franzen, Freedom Review
09.13.10

Here I present to you my page-by-page review of Franzen's Freedom.


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If These Walls Could Talk
09.13.10

On the ABC sitcom Modern Family, three different families are visually defined by their living rooms.


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Make It Bigger
09.10.10

Anthropologie, the latest tenant of the Design Research Headquarters, simply doesn't get it.


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An Honor Just to be Mentioned...
09.10.10

It's all about etiquette, as I find myself included with the likes of Edith Wharton and Jane Austen.


Alexandra Lange
In Dwell: Hands Off the Icons
09.08.10

In the 
October 2010 issue of Dwell, which celebrates the magazine’s tenth anniversary by revisiting its own (generally happy) homeowners, I offer the following Argument.

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Coming to the V&A: Tower of Power
09.07.10

It is not often that 
a museum blogs about Postmodernism, Michael Sorkin (one of the great take-downs) and credits the (female) renderer who made the AT&T Building look the best it ever has.

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Lunch with the Critics: Park51 and 15 Penn Plaza
08.30.10

In my 
second critical lunch with Mark Lamster, in the creepy climes of the Hotel Pennsylvania, we discuss the urbanism, politics and skyline posturing of Park51 and 15 Penn Plaza.

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NYT Opinionator: What’s Cooking in Kitchen Design?
08.27.10

In Mad Men, Betty Draper has wall ovens and a stove-top island, both desirable today; the differences are the brown plaid wallpaper and cabinets made from dowdy knotted pine.


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The War at Home
08.26.10

My brother Jeremy M. Lange is a photojournalist who works for the Independent, in Durham, NC, where he has been able to photograph a number of funerals, with family permission every time.


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This is a Terrible Poster
08.25.10

I saw the poster for the Facebook movie, The Social Network, at the Bergen Street station yesterdayand all I could think was, This is a terrible poster.


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When Shopping Was Sociable
08.15.10

Design Research and Apple, a comparison of the two stores that have brought design to the masses.


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Damned Icons
08.12.10

Terminal 3 sits there, empty, next to JetBlue’s so-so Terminal 5, as an object lesson about how preservation and redevelopment have to operate in tandem.


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Simple Pleasures
08.10.10

In all these new parks, I feel like I am searching for atmosphere, a designed quality above and beyond the ordinary spaces for children, and I am not finding it.


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On DO: Lunch with the Critics
07.27.10

Please weigh in on 
Mark Lamster and my new Design Observer feature, "Lunch with the Critics," in which we observe the new Lincoln Center.

Alexandra Lange
Archpaper Review: Our Cities Ourselves
07.24.10

Does one size fit all, even when it is oh-so-hot bikes and buses?


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NYT Opinionator: Easier Living Through Design
07.24.10

The easier living the Wrights described — both in the book and their lines of domestic products — was revolutionary.


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Better Living by Design
07.23.10

In 1950, industrial designers Mary and Russel Wright published the Guide to Easier Living, a revolutionary handbook for the modern home.


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Culture Shed: Where’s the Neighborhood?
07.20.10

CultureGrrl 
offers a critique of the NEA grant for Culture Shed, the Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group design for a Kunsthalle with retractable roofs over at Hudson Yards.

Alexandra Lange
Hung Ceilings
07.18.10

Mad Men returns, and now it's time to speculate on the evolution of Peggy’s hair and the meaning of Betty’s dress choices

Alexandra Lange
Time to Move On
07.13.10

A very nice 
house in Montauk embodies the most recent cliches in architecture: floating staircases, pocket doors, and glass floors.

Alexandra Lange
Up in the Air
07.12.10

For spires in New York, height doesn’t matter, style does.


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Below Black Rock
07.06.10

While the plaza around the 
CBS Building in Manhattan has always seemed perverse, it is now made worse with the addition of a bank.

Alexandra Lange
The Personality of Parks
07.02.10

Until Pier 6 at 
Brooklyn Bridge Park opened, my only experience of parks as a parent had been of neighborhood parks

Alexandra Lange
Fix the Car Seat
07.01.10

Having just returned from a vacation where the logistics of the car seat were a primary part of trip planning, I have a plea on behalf of all parents, and a challenge for industrial and car designers: FIX THE CAR SEAT.


Alexandra Lange
Whatever Happened to Architecture Critique?
07.01.10

Sometimes it feels like everything is shrinking: the magazines, the word counts, the outlets, and especially the critics.


Alexandra Lange
THE Bite THATS Rite
06.25.10

A photograph by John Szarkowski from Looking After Louis Sullivan at the Art Institute.


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Where Have All the Windchimes Gone?
06.25.10

What is a beach rental coming to when the dishes are without fish?


Alexandra Lange
Diana Center & Architectural Bull----
06.17.10

Though rave reviews (
Architect, Metropolis, previously New York) are rolling in for Weiss/Manfredi’s Diana Center at Barnard College, every review has praised two things that I quickly dismissed as the most basic architectural bullshit: the copper glass and the street-level transparency.

Alexandra Lange
In Metropolis: Blue Sky Thinking
06.16.10

What’s really happening at Inland Steel?


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Make Me A Mini Monograph
06.14.10

The thing I found most depressing was the sense I got that one could only write a book about designers that were already famous.


Alexandra Lange
“We Can’t Really Pay”
06.14.10

All of you print people who scorned bloggers but have moved into blogging and helm publications that “blog,” earth to you: You don’t pay.


Alexandra Lange
Op Art Eye Candy
06.11.10

I’m lucky that I get to live with a
Julian Stanczak painting, bought by my father-in-law in 1968, when Op Art was really something.

Alexandra Lange
Pomo Time Machine
06.10.10

I’m writing more about
Warren Platner, my favorite terribly wonderful or wonderfully terrible architect.

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Girl Power?
06.08.10

I saw this photo in the New York Times this morning and thought that Carly Fiorina’s campaign poster seemed kind of… girly.


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My .02 on the Whitney
06.03.10

Everyone has taken their shot at outrage regarding the Whitney's move to a Renzo Piano building at the base of the High Line.


Alexandra Lange
The Plastics
05.27.10

This month’s
Vogue, which had several enraging features, is not yet fully online except for Blake Lively, bathing suits, clear plastic.

Alexandra Lange
On Fast Company: Why Do Designer Toys Suck?
05.21.10

Spare me the good-looking trophy toys. I’ll take an operational plastic garbage truck any day.


Alexandra Lange
The Anti-Enthusiasts
05.21.10

Design Blogs: The Vacuum of Enthusiasm, my Design Observer manifesto on what the world of design on the internet needs, lives on in the comments.

Alexandra Lange
Why do Most Designer Toys Suck so Badly?
05.21.10

Though they exude an organized playfullness, designer toys are rarely as practical as they look.


Alexandra Lange
The Maddening, Rewarding World of Design People
05.17.10

Most design people I know — don’t feel guilt over knowing what is priceless and what is junk. The film Please Give also thinks they know what it is worth.


Alexandra Lange
The Naive Tumblr
05.16.10

The recent changes on Tumblr are brilliant and not intuitive.


Alexandra Lange
It Was All Yellow
05.14.10

In 
Buying In, author Rob Walker avoids talking about the aesthetics of the Livestrong bracelet.

Alexandra Lange
In Metropolis: The Visceralist
05.12.10

I spent a day and a half with
Peter Bohlin in deepest Pennsylvania and New York State, and was very impressed with his house projects and attitude toward design.

Alexandra Lange
Jane Jacobs Is Still Watching
05.11.10

Despite my dislike of Jane Jacobs's beef with architects and planners, so many points seem strangely prescient.


Alexandra Lange
On Archpaper: Saccharine Design
05.07.10

My review of
Marcel Wanders’ exhibition Daydreams at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for The Architect’s Newspaper just went online and let’s just say I was not impressed.

Alexandra Lange
Straw Men Redux
05.06.10

I can't help but compare and contrast Nicolai Ourossoff's opening sentences of his recent work.


Alexandra Lange
Category Error
05.05.10

My son is now at the age when he wants to put things in categories, and I struggle to define the categories of automobiles that extend beyond SUV or sedan.


Alexandra Lange
What I Learned @dcritconference
05.02.10

The
D-Crit Conference is just a memory, so as a tribute to the afternoon presentations I saw, I offer a set of tangents.

Alexandra Lange
For My German Readers
04.28.10

As time goes on my negative impressions of Morphosis's 41 Cooper Square are coloring my previous positive feeling about all of Mayne’s work.


Alexandra Lange
Now What? Or, Beware Panels
04.27.10

Last night after I got back from The Changing State of the Design Press: Now What? I wrote a long crabby post about how boring it was, and also tweeted to that effect.


Alexandra Lange
Confessions and Criticism
04.26.10

I am not a fan of TMI, the confessional mode, or the sense one gets that the best way to make it as a woman in the media business is to write about yourself.


Alexandra Lange
Fischer Price Airport
04.22.10

I bought this from Ebay for my son for Christmas — the toy my friend had that I always wanted to take home with me.


Alexandra Lange
Junior Critics
04.22.10

One of the pleasures of teaching is when your students actually surprise you.


Alexandra Lange
Carolina On... (No, I Just Can't Do It)
04.20.10

Everything cool that has happened in Durham and environs has happened since I left.


Alexandra Lange
All in the Execution
04.15.10

Ian Baldwin's review of The Grid Book calls out the coffee-table book format and it's middlebrow achievements.

Alexandra Lange
Sometimes You Just Want to Eat
04.15.10

I have been thinking recently that food fetishism is eating our culture.


Alexandra Lange
Anthony Lane Fugs Too
04.07.10

Anthony Lane pans The Clash of the Titans.


Alexandra Lange
In the Family
03.31.10

Beautiful work by my brother, Jeremy M. Lange, in the New York Times Sunday.


Alexandra Lange
Moynihan on Design
03.31.10

At
tonight’s lecture at D-Crit, Casey Jones, director of design excellence and the arts for the U.S. General Services Administration, quoted from Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture, written in 1962.

Alexandra Lange
Texts Without Context
03.30.10

I keep thinking about Michiko Kakutani’s piece,
Texts Without Context, that begins the discussion of what is being lost to culture by the supremacy of the web.

Alexandra Lange
Reciting Modernist Architects
03.29.10

She hated it when Daddy made her recite modernist architects.


Alexandra Lange
Design Blogs: The Vacuum of Enthusiasm
03.29.10

I want to give full credit to the men and women who were there first, and established some of the most popular, provocative and adorable blogs. But now the launch moment is over. 


Alexandra Lange
The World's Foremost Female Architect
03.25.10

Not to belabor the point, but Martin Filler takes up the discussion of female architects and puts Denise Scott-Brown in her rightful place.


Alexandra Lange
Scarano's School for Scandal
03.23.10

What was so terrible about Robert Scarano’s practice is what is terrible about Scarano’s practice.


Alexandra Lange
Things of Beauty
03.16.10

Saul Bass matchbook covers are about the most beautiful things I have seen in some time.

Alexandra Lange
Playground Apps
03.15.10

I wonder if the young, male inventors of foursquare haven’t missed a big market: moms.


Alexandra Lange
Tearing Down
03.14.10

At the end of a session at the Architectural League's On Criticism reading group, the non-journalists in attendance began to ask the journalists whether architecture critics had any power.


Alexandra Lange
Not A Learning Experience
03.08.10

The Privileges finally gives a real satire of almost-present day New York City, in which money is discussed and no one has to learn their lesson.

Alexandra Lange
The (Architectural) Anthologist
03.03.10

After some digressions weird and
wonderful, the Nicholson Baker I loved from The Mezzanine and U and I and Room Temperature seems to be back, cranky and at sea and procrastinating.

Alexandra Lange
Welcome to Fort Brooklyn
03.01.10

Let us sincerely hope that the Atlantic Terminal Entrance in Brooklyn, a gateway to the LIRR and the hub’s many subways, marks the end of empty transport monumentality.


Alexandra Lange
Coloring Book
02.26.10

I loved Jane Campion’s film, despite my feeling that it might not be true, and it must surely be anachronistic.


Alexandra Lange
The Future of Snacks
02.22.10

I spent the last week in the Bay Area, and I can’t help but think that all trends related to kids and food start there.


Alexandra Lange
Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough

Alexandra Lange
Serious Fun
02.09.10

I am headed to California this week, and realized I might be passing by the Nut Tree, a roadside restaurant on the highway from Sacramento to San Francisco.


Alexandra Lange
The Extinction of the Unisex
02.08.10

Now I have a toddler of my own, I'm wishing that children's clothes were more simple, without all the trimming.


Alexandra Lange
In AN 02: As the Tide Turns
02.03.10

In MoMA’s 
Rising Currents exhibition, certain tropes of contemporary waterfront design immediately surfaced.

Alexandra Lange
All Rubble Is Not Alike
02.02.10

I watched Manufactured Landscapes in the weeks before Christmas and it was just too depressing to post about in the run-up to gift day.


Alexandra Lange
Wives of the Architects
02.01.10

The beginning of a short story I have been writing in my head for years.


Alexandra Lange
The Mysteries of Retail
01.28.10

I don’t spend more than $100 easily and certainly not for something breakable, without function, or something for my kid that costs more than anything I own.


Alexandra Lange
Write What You Know
01.27.10

My handwriting should be a font. That’s what everyone has been saying since I was about 12, and while I agree it is true, it never seems like a compliment to me.


Alexandra Lange
More! Women! Architects!
01.26.10

A lot of attention — in Chicago, at least — has been given to the fact that Aqua is the tallest building in the world designed by a woman.


Alexandra Lange
Suburban Design
01.25.10

Lester Beall, was always my favorite of the cadre of mid-century corporate identity designers for the color, energy and sheer American-ness of his design.


Alexandra Lange
Pay No Attention to Me
01.24.10

In one of those strange topical coincidences, this Sunday’s Arts & Leisure section has a profile of Iwan Baan, a Dutch architectural photographer who is the post-Stoller-Shulman-Molitor savior of architectural photography.


Alexandra Lange
Buildings That Aren't There
01.21.10

Photography needs to prove itself again as an interpretive medium for architecture somewhere this side of art.


Alexandra Lange
Hands-On: The Gropius Touch
01.20.10

I couldn’t believe no one else had noticed that Ati Gropius Johansen was coming to the MoMA, and it seemed like a piece of history.


Alexandra Lange
A Real Modern Monument
01.20.10

Peter Behrens’ AEG Turbine Hall is still in use and is still as striking as the day it was completed — so shouldn't that be the goal for every building?


Alexandra Lange
Love and Flatware
01.18.10

A scene from Sleepless In Seattle makes me wonder about the idea that shared taste = true love.


Alexandra Lange
Inappropriation
01.13.10

This Urchin Pouf is an expensive contemporary design object I truly adore, hence my shock at seeing an extremely cheap version in the new CB2 catalog.


Alexandra Lange
The Yuck Factor
01.13.10

Watch
District 9 as a palate cleanser after the visual feast of Avatar.

Alexandra Lange
Snip Snip Snip
01.12.10

The Museum of Arts & Design’s Slash: Paper Under the Knife, is the must-see of the winter season.


Alexandra Lange
On DO: Skating on the Edge of Taste
01.07.10

The American Restaurant in Kansas City, designed by Warren Platner, is subject of a long essay on that architect and interior designer’s career.

Alexandra Lange
I Heart Huxtable
01.06.10

Ada Louise Huxtable is still the most knowledgeable, elegant, thoughtful critic out there.

Alexandra Lange
Size M
01.04.10

Nicolai Ouroussoff, Paul Goldberger, and Ada Louise Huxtable may live here in New York, but in general they have become too big to pay attnetion to the small stuff.


Alexandra Lange
Annotated Avatar
01.02.10

Avatar is itself a hack, James Cameron is less auteur, more sci fi magpie.


Alexandra Lange
Last Post of 2009: Interview, Casey Jones
12.31.09

I interviewed the GSA’s newish head of Design Excellence,
Casey Jones, earlier this month about the future of this government program to ensure better architecture for government buildings

Alexandra Lange
After Buildings
12.30.09

Looking over the 10 Best architecture lists for this year and this decade I notice one thing: no buildings.


Alexandra Lange
The Women
12.22.09

While Manohla Dargis rants about the lack of women in charge in Hollywood save for Nancy Meyers, Zaha Hadid similarly represents the dirth of women in architecture.


Alexandra Lange
Want to Make an Architect Cry?
12.19.09

Want to Make an Architect Cry? Give him (or her, but she’s less likely to mind) Robert A. M. Stern’s latest monograph, which, at 600+ pages, covers just his last five years of work.


Alexandra Lange
Casey Jones
12.18.09

Interview with Casey Jones, director of design excellence and the arts for the U.S. General Services Administration.


Alexandra Lange
Playing House
12.15.09

The three living rooms on Modern Family are used as a structuring device, luing us into the character of each respective family.


Alexandra Lange
In a F.O.G.
12.14.09

I am thinking about adding films to my undergraduate class at NYU, namely Sketches of Frank Gehry.


Alexandra Lange
Seasons Greetings
12.11.09

Is there anything less contemporary than a Christmas card?


Alexandra Lange
Where Have All the Type Geeks Gone?
12.11.09

Set in Helvetica, the title for Up In the Air looks plain wrong.


Alexandra Lange
UN, Now and Then
12.10.09

On the United Nations five-year renovation, systems and sustainability upgrade and preservation effort.


Alexandra Lange
Dumbing Down DIY
12.05.09

DIY Anni Albers Strainer and Paper Clips Jewelry Kit is dumbing down the DIY movement.


Alexandra Lange
DoubleX: Kid Made Modern Reviewed
12.03.09

My review for Todd Oldham's Kid Made Modern for DoubleX is much less happy happy, joy joy than most of the other coverage.


Alexandra Lange
Making Kids Modern: Or is it Their Moms?
12.03.09

An informal experiement aims to determine whether or not kids have an interest in the likes of Alexander Calder or Alexander Girard.


Alexandra Lange
DWR = D/R?
12.02.09

Like D/R in the late 1970s, DWR is suffering from over-expansion, loss of specialness, and the lack of a leader with personal design vision.


Alexandra Lange
Skating on the Edge of Taste with Warren Platner
12.01.09

Viewed today, the work of 70s and 80s interior designer Warren Platner seems just one reflection away from disco, one black room away from S&M. Each of his projects comes with the question, can he hold himself back? Can he convince us that brass is back? Is there any such thing as bad taste?


Alexandra Lange
XL
12.01.09

On the High Museum of Art's tribute to John Portman, Atlanta’s ur-architect and greatest claim to urban influence.


Alexandra Lange
Look Again
11.29.09

When visiting the Eero Saarinen exhibit at Museum of the City of New York, be sure to look at the photographs from Look Magazine.


Alexandra Lange
See the USA
11.28.09

My husband and I took a three-week modern architecture tour of the Midwest.


Alexandra Lange
This Is Just To Say
11.25.09

From the Florence Knoll Bassett papers: congratulations on their marriage from Ray and Charles.


Alexandra Lange
Stuffed
11.24.09

We are hosting our first Thanksgiving, so I'm too busy thinking about food.


Alexandra Lange
Another New York
11.22.09

Every time I get an issue of
New York Magazine lately I ask myself: is Adam Moss turning it into a men’s magazine?

Alexandra Lange
Texan Capitals
11.21.09

I don’t usually like to write about architecture that isn’t there, but I can't resist commenting on Zaha Hadid's MAXXI and Robert A. M. Stern Architects' design for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.


Alexandra Lange
D/R on WGBH
11.19.09

My last post about D/R before the book comes out next September.


Alexandra Lange
Paper Revelations
11.17.09

Reading a lot of architecture criticism for those same classes, I also start to develop a running mental list of the writerly tics of critics like Paul Goldberger.


Alexandra Lange
Smaller Wonder: Brooklyn Children's Museum
11.16.09

My first encounter with the expanded Brooklyn Children’s Museum made me ask several questions.


Alexandra Lange
Love & Architecture
11.12.09

My somewhat racy, somewhat serious take on one of the first architecture power couples, Aline and Eero Saarinen


Alexandra Lange
The Modernist State
11.12.09

Watch “Living Modern in Connecticut” tomorrow night at 9 on CPTV for a short history of modernism in Connecticut.


Alexandra Lange
Word on the Street
11.10.09

We have begun a bit of a study of Sesame Street in our house.


Alexandra Lange
Kicking Down the Door
11.09.09

While I love Mad Men, season 3 was not my favorite.


Alexandra Lange
Review: The Price of Fitting In
11.06.09

My review of the new exhibit at the Center for Architecture, Context/Contrast: New Architecture in Historic Districts, 1967-2009.


Alexandra Lange
Back to School
11.04.09

If you stand in a certain spot in the second room of the MoMA’s new exhibition Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity you can see Marcel Breuer becoming modern.


Alexandra Lange
Bauhaus + Betsy
11.02.09

New York Magazine covers two of my favorite topics: the Bauhaus and Betsy-Tacy books.


Alexandra Lange
Tableaux Vivants
10.29.09

If someone asked me to write a profile of Wes Anderson, I would start with corduroy.


Alexandra Lange
D/R Love
10.28.09

There is much online excitement about the D/R exhibition, opening tomorrow.


Alexandra Lange
More Hell (Beige Edition)
10.28.09

I thought the Kelly Wearstler fan-fest was over last month, when both Vogue and the New Yorker treated her to long profiles.


Alexandra Lange
Small Wonder: 41 Cooper Square
10.26.09

41 Cooper Square might as well be set in the middle of a parking lot in Mayne’s native L.A.


Alexandra Lange
Petting Zoo
10.24.09

On Thursday I took my class on a field trip to
One Bryant Park, the sustainable skyscraper that is almost complete at the northwest corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue.

Alexandra Lange
Love & Architecture

Alexandra Lange
Houses of the Future
10.21.09

Excellent article on the various single-family housing initiatives going on now in New Orleans.


Alexandra Lange
Buy It Now
10.20.09

I watched two episodes of the Sundance Channel’s new advertisement for Anthropologie, Man Shops Globe, and failed to be caught up in the drama.


Alexandra Lange
Love Among the Figurines
10.18.09

I finally got my hands on Important Artifacts by Leanne Shapton.


Alexandra Lange
Architecture in Transit
10.16.09

An SVA student of mine from last year, Frederico Duarte, alerted me to the New York NOW exhibition, which opened October 7 in the West 4th Street subway station.


Alexandra Lange
The Sound of Waves
10.14.09

There’s a lovely confluence of modern architecture and waterfalls on the east side of Manhattan, and we managed to hit three excellent examples of the type during Open House New York.


Alexandra Lange
Small Wonder: 41 Cooper Square
10.14.09

I never thought I would say this about a work by Thom Mayne of Morphosis, but I think 41 Cooper Square is too small.


Alexandra Lange
Unhappy Homes
10.12.09

In Revolutionary Road and Away We Go, the characters lack believable emotion because they fail to convince us that they are in a house, rather than a set.


Alexandra Lange
The Wall Vanishes
10.12.09

Just another contemporary house in the East Village.


Alexandra Lange
Home Range
10.08.09

I write about three contemporary houses by up-and-coming New York firms for The Architect’s Newspaper


Alexandra Lange
The Ladies' Paradise
10.06.09

In “Souvenir,” Mad Men welcomes back Joan, looking lovely.


Alexandra Lange
(Women and) Children First
10.05.09

Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park is one more way New York City is attempting to be child-friendly.


Alexandra Lange
White Knight
10.03.09

With the opening of Less and More, the new exhibition of Dieter Rams' work, I'm reminded of how frustrating it is that his past work is not in production.


Alexandra Lange
Cutting Remarks
10.01.09

I'm not so sure that Lonny, the online-only magazine from the former editors of Domino, is such a good thing.


Alexandra Lange
D/R Rising
09.28.09

Jane Thompson, Ben Thompson’s widow and former partner, has organized an installation with a number of former D/R employees.


Alexandra Lange
Lost Research
09.26.09

My nostalgia for box numbers and call slips was provoked by the news in yesterday’s Times that years of files from industrial designer Gilbert Rohde’s office were found in an unpaid storage unit,


Alexandra Lange
My Idea of Hell
09.24.09

There is no upside in criticizing Kelly Wearstler, since her press machine just rolls on, as she changes outfits hourly and houses annually.


Alexandra Lange
Nothing Runs Like A...
09.21.09

A note about Deere & Company’s foray into the consumer market.


Alexandra Lange
Crafting A City
09.20.09

Two of my favorite things came together this weekend: Dutch design and Governors Island.


Alexandra Lange
White Columns
09.17.09

In Valentino: The Last Emperor, one dress is followed in all of its incarnations, while architecture is put in its place.


Alexandra Lange
On the Grid
09.15.09

Mad Men makes use of grids, mixing them with bronze fronds and Harry Bertoia sculpture.


Alexandra Lange
Higher and Higher
09.13.09

In his back-page New York Times Book Review essay on The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard, Jonathan Lethem makes many good points about Ballard’s visionary writing, “desolate landscapes” and his linkages with other arts.


Alexandra Lange
Just Looking
09.11.09

My new favorite source of procrastination is Reference Library.


Alexandra Lange
Healthy Home
09.09.09

My project involving vintage paper placements was featured on Ohdeedoh.


Alexandra Lange
Grounded
09.09.09

Alexandra Jacobs's feature on Zappos didn't address my burning question: Why is Zappos so ugly?


Alexandra Lange
First Flight
09.06.09

My two-year-old made his first interpretation of art on Saturday at the Storm King Art Center.


Alexandra Lange
Won't Get Fooled Again
09.03.09

News of the redevelopment of the Atlantic Yards keeps getting worse.


Alexandra Lange
The Tigertones
09.01.09

I was thrilled by the metion of the Tigertones in this week's episode of Mad Men.


Alexandra Lange
Suspended Animation
08.31.09

Thirtysomething isn't exactly how I rembered it.


Alexandra Lange
What's to Be Done with Governors Island?
08.28.09

I wish that the New Yorker had written a visioning story, talking about what role the Governors Island could play in the New New York.


Alexandra Lange
Family Business
08.27.09

Two other members of the Lange family, a photographer and a documentarian, are producing new projects.


Alexandra Lange
Cooking for Crowds
08.26.09

Nora Ephron, or at least production designer Mark Ricker, must have spent a fortune on cute lamps for the set of Julie & Julia.


Alexandra Lange
Shiny and New
08.24.09

On this week's Mad Men, three words I never thought I would hear on a dramatic television show: Ada Louise Huxtable.


Alexandra Lange
Blackboard Jungle
08.23.09

Tell No One turns out to be a snoozy French thriller while Entre les Murs (The Class) makes up for it.


Alexandra Lange
If You Can't Say Something Nice...
08.21.09

A contestant's dress on Project Runway looks no worse than Escada.


Alexandra Lange
Rearranging, Part 2
08.20.09

I thought about the power of categories as I visited two exhibitions at the MoMA: Waste Not by Song Dong and No Discipline by Ron Arad.


Alexandra Lange
Eye Roll for Ice Cream
08.19.09

A piece in the New York Times discusses parents' objections to ice cream trucks.


Alexandra Lange
Rearranging the Deck Chairs
08.18.09

I've been thinking about the third season of Mad Men in terms of furniture.


Alexandra Lange
Shelf Life
08.16.09

Lizzie Skurnick's Shelf Discovery is a new book about rereading classic teen novels with an adult eye.


Alexandra Lange
Between Buildings
08.14.09

Man on Wire is only so-so, but Phillipe Petit's personality and the imagery of his three major walks are not to be missed.


Alexandra Lange
Fashion Plates
08.12.09

Do little girls still play with paper dolls?


Alexandra Lange
Outsider Art
08.11.09

After watching Ride With the Devil, I discovered the common thread in Ang Lee's films.


Alexandra Lange
Arks of Knowledge
08.10.09

My review of Yale University's Kroon Hall was especially fun to write.


Alexandra Lange
Speechless
08.06.09

Amongst my grandfather's things, we found a postcard of the Denver Art Musuem, designed by Gio Ponti in 1971.


Alexandra Lange
D.I.Y.
08.05.09

There seems to be some questionable parenting in Caroline.


Alexandra Lange
Cooked
08.02.09

McDonald's McCafe Mocha is just one more reason that America is fat.


Alexandra Lange
Summer As a Verb
08.01.09

The estate of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens is a lovely place to picnic while reviewing the artist's work.


Alexandra Lange
England's Next Top Model
07.31.09

In The Duchess, the gratuitous sex scenes were the least of the film's problems.


Alexandra Lange
Waiting On the Dream
07.29.09

I wrote a piece on the (lack of) development in Midtown West , also known as the Hudson Yards.


Alexandra Lange
Kroon Hall
07.28.09

With its vaulted roof, communal spaces, and casual materials, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ new Kroon Hall is designed to float Yale into the 21st century, training the world’s future green leaders along the way.


Alexandra Lange
Cold Comforts
07.16.09

I can't but write about the objects in Summer Hours, Revolutionary Road, and Frozen River.


Alexandra Lange
Numbers Game
07.15.09

In an attempt to skirt around the Landmakrs Preservation Commission, modernists in my neighborhood are declaring their taste through their house numbers.


Alexandra Lange
Handmade
07.12.09

I found Floyd Bennett Field, the decomissioned 1930s airfield on the border of Brooklyn and Jamaica Bay, to be a very strange place.


Alexandra Lange
Sitting Pretty
07.10.09

Design Within Reach is selling a reissue of a Jens Risom chair for $1100.


Alexandra Lange
Little Dictators
07.09.09

Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou makes a strong commentary on parenting.


Alexandra Lange
Nostalgia Trip
07.06.09

I can't resist reading Colm Tóbín's new novel called Brooklyn.


Alexandra Lange
Battle Lines
07.05.09

In Waltz With Bashir, director and protagonist Ari Folman makes amazing use of animation to tell a most unfunny tale of recovered memory and national guilt.


Alexandra Lange
In Spite of Myself
07.03.09

I loved the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace for their message of feminism, love, and class.


Alexandra Lange
Child's Play
07.01.09

Unlike the stories documented in the film Nursery University, my experience of enrolling my child in preschool in New York City was completely different.


Alexandra Lange
Pre-Blog Work
07.01.09

Here are links to writing published before I began this blog in June 2009.


Alexandra Lange
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
06.25.09

After viewing He's Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic, I need to effect my own romantic comedy ban.


Alexandra Lange
Spoilsport
06.24.09

Though the BBC teen series Skins isn't boring, I find it icky. Too much sweat, too much drugs, too much barf, too much nudity.


Alexandra Lange
Perfect Pairs
06.22.09

Our admiration for Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy led us to Netflix her first film, Old Joy.


Alexandra Lange
People in New Houses...
06.20.09

Why is every episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey set at an overdecorated Italian restaurant with a large parking lot?


Alexandra Lange
The Beauty of a Park
06.19.09

My review of the High Line can now be found on Design Observer.


Alexandra Lange
Aloysius is Missed
06.18.09

I took my chances to see if the 2008 remake of Brideshead Revisited was as good as the multi-part original.


Alexandra Lange
Home Front
06.17.09

Good Neighbors is a cautionary tale, reminding us to focus less on what’s coming in to your home and more on the individuals already inside.


Alexandra Lange
Textile Psychology
06.16.09

In Brick Lane it is the fabric that does most of the talking, for while the novel is very interior, the film is not.


Alexandra Lange
The Beauty of a Park
06.15.09

The High Line in Manhattan, whose first section opened Monday, would seem to be Olmsted’s nightmare.


Alexandra Lange
Why Plant Your Own?
06.14.09

In the constant quest for green space in Brooklyn, our neighborhood is relieved at the sight of the Urban Meadow.


Alexandra Lange
Lost Loves
06.13.09

It's slowly dawned on me that the lead character of many shows — Sex in the City, Weeds, The West Wing — is actually grating.


Alexandra Lange
Dickens is Funny
06.11.09

In the best BBC adaptation of the last five years, Bleak House, Gillian Anderson gives a performance that should wipe Agent Scully permanently from the public mind.


Alexandra Lange
Auto Pilot
06.09.09

While watching Chop Shop, I was bored not by the plotlessness, or even the purposely inartistic direction, but by the lack of acting.


Alexandra Lange
Romance Is Dead
06.08.09

There are some movies so bad I can’t bear to put them in my Netflix queue, but He's Just Not That Into You somehow made it in.


Alexandra Lange
Dog Days
06.06.09

Wendy and Lucy may be the feel-bad movie of the year, but it is beautiful, terrifying and real.


Alexandra Lange
Worst Case Scenario
06.04.09

Two of Danny Boyle's filme, Slumdog Millinaire and Millions suffer from a wavering of purpose from gritty realism to wish fulfilment.


Alexandra Lange
Evil Ms
06.03.09

A fair number of journalists have mentioned the odd parallelism of the fall of the House of Merdle in Little Dorrit, and the real-life fall of the House of Bernard Madoff.


Alexandra Lange
Doom
06.02.09

After watching all of the excellent contemporary TV shows, we are back to BBC with The Way We Live Now and The Mayor of Casterbridge.


Alexandra Lange
Why This blog?
06.01.09

I am starting a blog, because some opinions are too hot for casual conversation.


Alexandra Lange
Standard Operating Procedure
03.02.09

From the earliest days of the High Line hoopla, the park’s future was literally entwined with that of Andre Balazs’s first ground-up hotel, the Standard New York. The reason the Standard is so good is that it is a 21st Century mash-up of one of Marcel Breuer’s most destructive ideas and one of Morris Lapidus’s best tweaks of the U.N. model of modernism.


Alexandra Lange
Rebooting the Festival Marketplace
01.21.09

The plans for New York's South Street Seaport aren't terrible. But the question to ask, now that the project is one hold, is: does New York need a fake fair?


Alexandra Lange
The Brooklyn Children's Museum
11.19.08

The Brooklyn Children's Museum is hardly subtle in its attempt to please the Toys "R" Us crowd.


Alexandra Lange
JetBlue Terminal 5 (and TWA Terminal)
10.01.08

It feels like JetBlue has lost its sense of surprise in its middle age.


Alexandra Lange
Married with Tchotchkes
10.09.05

For many design-obsessed couples registering at Moss requires more strategy than playing the stock market.





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