The House Allows One to Dream in Peace

“A house protects the dreamer,” writes Gaston Bachelard. Drawing on this idea, Sandell Morse recounts her travels to a house that protected Jews during the war, woven with her own memories of the yellow stucco house she grew up in. “Toute le monde, everyone, knew it was a Jewish house,” Monsieur Le Hech said, leading me out… Read more »

Richard J Williams: Room for Sex

Williams wonders how can architecture improve our sex lives @Aeon. Morningside, a late-Victorian suburb on the south side of Edinburgh is an extremely good-looking place, possessing an architectural integrity rare in Britain today. Never threatened by wartime bombs, post-war developers, or the vicissitudes of the housing market, this suburb has a direct line to the… Read more »

Katherine Rowland: The Honey Trap

Rowland reports on a Stasi compound transformed into a free-love community @ Guernica. “I’m more of a sucker than a fucker,” remarks the impish woman standing beside me in the breakfast line. It is my first encounter with this diminutive Parisian, out of whose heart-shaped mouth flow revelations that leave me reeling. “We have the… Read more »

A dream that we can see and feel

David Ulin on the landscape of Los Angeles @ Design Observer. During the late 1980s, when I was first feeling out my relationship with Los Angeles, I used to visit from New York on a semi-regular basis, staying with a friend in his duplex in West Hollywood. Back then, I knew nothing about Southern California:… Read more »

Memory, anticipation and immediate experience

Tim Culvahouse on the racial geography of New Orleans @ Design Observer. Cities, being by-and-large large, rarely have well-defined fronts. Chicago has one, facing Lake Michigan. To my mind, the clearest front of Manhattan is the wall of buildings surrounding Central Park — an appropriately inward-facing front. New Orleans, however, has a decided front, the Mississippi… Read more »