Point of View - Point of View July 2008


The Van Alen Gets Formulaic

Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist on June 13, 2008 at the Van Alen Institute. Photo by Patrick Hannaway, Courtesy of Van Alen Institute. Switzerland's Hans Ulrich Obrist may well be the curators' curator. In the past fifteen years, he…

Proust Was an Architect

A lot of architects fancy themselves to be writers too, but according to Christian de Portzamparc and Philippe Sollers, architecture itself shares something fundamental with writing. At least, I think that's the point—or one of the points—of Writing and Seeing…

Early Bird

A new film on Herzog & de Meuron's Olympic architecture has its New York premiere.

The Model Life

A museum expansion in Amsterdam showcases the role of the architectural model.

Good Book, Not-So-Good Covers

Didn't get to mention this in my review of Tom Vanderbilt's new book on traffic—is it just me, or are both the U.S. (left) and the U.K. book covers rather uninspired? Don't get me wrong: I love the poodle-in-sunglasses direction;…

Behind the Cover- July

The alternate cover, pictured above. "Some ideas come and go, others just won't go away," associate art director Dungjai Pungauthaikan says about the design of this month's cover. "For quite some time, we'd been toying with the imagery produced by…

What a Dump!

It's time for a road trip with the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Don't forget to pack the Purell.