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The Four Orders of Architecture

From the Emporor's Office of Outreach.
By DAVID KISH  |  November 29, 2012

DIY Education

Save some dough and take our classes!
In light of recent budget cuts in average Americans' bank accounts, and the increasingly skyrocketing cost of higher education, Phoenix University (we regret the acronym, but University of Phoenix was taken) has opened its (paper) doors.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 26, 2012

An improvement on ‘Reimagining’

Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, September 7, 2012
I loved your "Reimagining Portland" ideas — except one.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 05, 2012

Reimagining Portland

New ideas for three major public spaces
Portland is rethinking some of its public spaces.
By CALVIN DUNWOODY  |  August 22, 2012

Can the Charles River Esplanade be transformed into the world's best park?

Seeing green
What if — in place of the current three-story Museum of Science parking garage overlooking the Charles River — there loomed a giant Ferris wheel, on the order of the London Eye?
By JON GARELICK  |  February 17, 2012
new Gardner wing Piano

Renzo Piano's new wing pays tribute to the Gardner Museum's magic

Intimate grandeur
The challenge from the start of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum expansion project was: how do you follow up a masterpiece? The 99-year-old Fenway institution is world-renowned for its old-master collection installed in dramatic period rooms inside a dream of a Renaissance Venetian palazzo.
By GREG COOK  |  January 18, 2012
Short take flowers of war

Review: The Flowers of War

Unimpressive outing from Zhang Yimou
In 1937 the invading Imperial Japanese Army killed and raped thousands of people in the Chinese city of Nanjing. The atrocity has recently inspired two Chinese films, including Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death and this unimpressive outing from Zhang Yimou.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 17, 2012

Review: August Ventimiglia at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA

Line tensity
August Ventimiglia isolates simple gestures and records their impact and reverberations, magnifying the grace of the adjusting and settling physical world, and implying larger social and philosophical commentary.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  April 06, 2011

Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings

Big words
Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 01, 2010

The museum-building boom continues

What's happening at the Gardner and at Harvard
What's happening at the Gardner and at Harvard
By JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2010

Review: A. Cemal Ekin's 'Touching the History' at PC

See the light
In June 2009, A. Cemal Ekin, a marketing professor at Providence College, found himself in Istanbul, Turkey, atop scaffolding rising some 16 stories high inside the historic dome of Hagia Sophia.
By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2010

Building a better world, by design

What if architects across America agreed to make every building they design 50 percent more energy-efficient — and keep improving until, by 2030, they're at carbon-neutral?
By MARION DAVIS  |  October 06, 2010

Review: '10 Most Endangered Properties'; plus, 'Chromophilia'

Faded glory
The most striking reminder of the threat to buildings featured on the Providence Preservation Society's "2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties" list is that Brownell & Field Company at 119 Harris Avenue, which the society highlighted because it feared it would be torn down, was approved for demolition on September 20 by the city's Historic District Commission.
By GREG COOK  |  September 29, 2010

Save the pool: readers reflect on the Christian Science Center landmark

Letters to the Boston editor, July 23, 2010
Boston has a special place when it comes to the history of modern urban spaces in the United States. It has one of the worst of such spaces — the plaza in front of City Hall — and one of the best, the plaza of the Christian Science Center.

Lighting history

The Gardner Museum takes a chance on the new
On January 1, 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner invited 300 guests to a private concert by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the opening of her new museum on the Fenway. After performances of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, the mirrored doors of the first-floor concert room rolled open to reveal an extraordinary vision.
By GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2010

Deep layers

Mark Wethli's latest work is some of his best
Throughout his long career Mark Wethli's work has been studied, careful, and formally rigorous.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 23, 2009

Simple gifts

Master architects: The Greenes at the MFA, Frank Lloyd Wright in Manchester
Charles and Henry Greene came to Boston in 1888 to study architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
By GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2009

Photos: Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex

"The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes" at the Peabody
Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 24, 2009

Slideshow: Marcel Breuer at RISD

"Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture" at RISD Museum through July 19
The RISD Museum presents "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture," a major retrospective of the late Bauhaus designer's furniture and buildings, through July 19.

The Chair Man

A major Breuer retrospective opens at RISD
It is one of the icons of 20th-century design. What distinguishes Marcel Breuer's B34 armchair from 1928 is its materials (fabric seats slung between steel tubing) and the lack of rear legs.
By GREG COOK  |  April 27, 2009

Interview: T. C. Boyle

On The Women and Frank Lloyd Wright
Among his many fictionalizations of the American past, novelist T.C. Boyle has remade such real-life characters as the inventor of cornflakes, John Harvey Kellogg ( The Road to Wellville , 1993), and sexual behaviorist Alfred Kinsey ( The Inner Circle , 2004).
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 03, 2009


Unimaginative erotic thriller
Director Marcel Langenegger has a way with a nocturnal urban landscape, but his feature debut goes splat on the pavement.
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 30, 2008

Hearts of glass

California cool at the Addison Gallery
In the photo it is night, and two women in cocktail dresses sit — perhaps chatting while jazz plays in the background — in a spare modern living room.
By GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2008

Your history

‘Impermanence’ at the Essex Art Center, ‘Two Chinas’ at WAM, Renée Green at the Carpenter Center, and Feminism at the MFA
For a building, inclusion on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered list is a mixed blessing.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 26, 2008

Everyday use

Rethinking design at the ICA, and City Hall at Pinkcomma Gallery
Two new exhibits take design — the familiar background of our daily lives — and give it immediacy in a gallery setting.
By DAVID EISEN  |  October 10, 2007

Common ground

Ann Patchett’s Boston allegory
Like the American naturalists of the last century, Ann Patchett examines race and class in her new novel, Run .
By DANA KLETTER  |  September 18, 2007

Edifice complex

Tom Menino has already remade Boston’s skyline. Now he wants to pack up City Hall and move it to Southie. Can anyone stop him?
You’re Boston Mayor Tom Menino, preparing to address the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on a chilly morning in December 2006.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 02, 2007

Drawing connections

Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s work at the PMA
The Portland Museum of Art’s challenge in presenting an architectural exhibition is akin to the finger that points to the moon.
By IAN PAIGE  |  July 11, 2007

Best buildings

Traveling with architecture
Most travel guides are little more than lists of colorless places in which to waste your money and sanitized tourist traps in which to waste your time.
By DAVID EISEN  |  April 10, 2007


A contrarian view of the new ICA
I waited in a crowd for two hours before finally getting into Boston’s new Institute of Contemporary Art on opening day, December 10. Just then a mother rushed out the door, telling her husband and their four little girls, “They say another hour.”
By GREG COOK  |  January 17, 2007

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