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What men should be and could be

This rhetoric by Dominique Francon at the trial of Howard Roark gets me every time I read it.

“Howard Roark built a temple to the human spirit. 262 more words

Content Writing

We’re not getting a cat

I was sitting on the top level of the double decker bus going from Blackbird Leys to Oxford city centre, on my way to work. We were going down a road of semi-detached, 1930s houses, between the bridge over the ring road and Temple Cowley. 184 more words


A Review of Ayn Rand's Anthem

I know that Ayn Rand went through the times with the Soviet Union and I understand why she would set out to write this. I thought the book was just a mere “meh.” While I did enjoy the plot, the characters are very one-dimensional even when they break away from the herd. 226 more words

Recycling Space: New Architecture for Old Places

This text was excerpted from a May 7, 2015 lecture hosted in Wilkinsburg by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.

I’m fortunate to have worked at… 1,389 more words


The Fountainhead of Youth

Padriac Steinschneider, honcho of the New York chapter of the Congress of the New Urbanism, was as miffed as I was by the reflections of the Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster on the CNU proceedings at Dallas last week. 1,278 more words

Architecture History

Ayn Rand & Altruism

This essay was recently published in WBUR Cognoscenti, where it generated more comments than all my previous Cognoscenti articles combined. Ayn Rand is still a polarizing character. 694 more words


My Ideas are my Property

Featured on : Il Giornale dell’Architettura, 25th April 2015

The article was written following the dispute between David Chipperfield and the ‘Comune di Milano’ about the MUDEC project – Città delle Culture museum – recently opened after 15 years of work. 730 more words