Author: Stephen Zacks

The Painted Building

For three decades Steven Holl has used watercolors—drawn each morning, before the deadlines kick in—as a springboard toward the creation of architecture.

From the Notebook of Teddy Cruz

As architectural activists go, Teddy Cruz is a firebrand. His passionate sermons begin with the observation of injustices along the Tijuana–San Diego border, but in his broad geopolitical gloss, urban inequality divides along a global north-south axis associated with immigration…

The Good Life?

A survey of leisure activities on the New York waterfront leaves a lot to be desired—in particular, something to drink.

Design After Franco

Delayed by decades of civil war and dictatorship, contemporary Spanish design is now a force to be reckoned with in the international furniture-and-lighting scene.

Exporting the Quad

Moore Ruble Yudell—and a handful of other top firms—is reshaping the university experience by creating, overseas, that uniquely American place: the college campus.

Lighting the Way

A series of stunning art installations, located in first-class and VIP lounges, enlivens the passenger experience at  London’s Heathrow Airport.

Bringing it Home

Localism is an American tradition that goes back pretty much to the Declaration of Independence: the right to make one’s own laws, to be self-governed, to pay taxes only as it benefits one’s community. It is in some ways a…

Made in the USA

Contrary to popular belief, American manufacturing jobs haven’t all been shipped over-seas. Utilizing better design and state-of-the-art technology, the sector has actually grown.

Vanishing Point

An architect best known for teaching and theory builds his first project—a Mies-inspired glass house—as a vessel for the disappearing self.

Skyline of Tomorrow

If you don’t like the way Dubai looks today, wait a year or two—it’s changing fast. Here’s a selection of upcoming projects likely to have a big impact on the horizon.

Beyond the Spectacle

Dubai’s insane rate of development is easy to misinterpret—even caricature—but the cliché obscures the city’s more serious ambitions.

The Global Contract

The raging, unregulated world economy is now one we all share. How we reconcile that with the threats facing us will be the moral and technological dilemma of our time.