“What bothers many people is the sense of an alien culture”

The outrage over New York’s Hudson Yards is not really about ugly glass towers or bad urbanism – although it features both – but an unspoken disquiet that foreign ideas have overtaken a chunk of Manhattan, argues Aaron Betsky. What is wrong with glass skyscrapers? New York mayor Bill de Blasio, who is now running […]

“With IM Pei’s death, the last of the modern monument makers has passed”

With the passing of great modern architects like IM Pei and Kevin Roche, monumental architecture is becoming less relevant for today’s society, says Aaron Betsky. I heard a story a few years ago about the late IM Pei. Architect Sandi Pei, an old family friend, told me his father made a pilgrimage to Taliesin West, […]

“Coachella is a great place of experimentation that becomes a giant trash heap”

With Coachella now over, Aaron Betsky questions the value of the festival’s temporary sets and large-scale installations, and if the strain that their construction and destruction places on the planet is worth it. The Coachella Festival is a great place for experimentation, both in music and architecture. The question is whether it means anything. This year’s edition, […]

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