Philip Nobel

Memory Holes

Two ongoing wars and many controversies later, the search for meaning at Ground Zero still proves painfully elusive.

Lovefest 2008

­Due to a recent run of glowing columns, our resident curmudgeon changes the approach to his annual rite.

Die Another Day

The cycle of codependence between critics and stars does a disservice to both public and profession alike.

Lovefest 2007

In his annual valentine, our resident curmudgeon finds—to his mild surprise—an awful lot to like.

Good Times

By resisting easy temptations Renzo Piano has ­accomplished something rare: unstrained symbolism.

September 11, 2001

The events of 9/11 brought architecture center stage—an unprecedented opportunity—but was it “good for the profession”?

Welcome Restraint

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, something strange happened: architects kept their mouths shut and their hands off their pens.