essay _ STORY OF AN INTERSECTION

“The Story of an Intersection, or How Early Chicago Became an Urban Laboratory,” Architectural Theory Review, 2018, vol. 22, #2, p. 233-248.

This essay unravels the history of Chicago as an urban laboratory and the way crisis was utilized and even staged in order to project alternative scenarios. It centers on a single photograph of an intersection from 1909, which shows the location saturated with a shocking amount of traffic brought to a standstill. To make visible what commonly remained hidden (the flows and intensities of urban movement), city officials had administered an urban experiment that suspended police presence and regulation in an effort to test if the metropolis could still self-regulate. Using the city as a stage for experimentation that at times pushed it to the brink of collapse, Chicago’s officials perceived their town as an urban test-bed. Injecting this reading into our established historiography reconfigures some of its most prominent narratives: from Sullivan’s Kindergarten Chats, and Burnham and Bennett’s Plan for the city, to the Chicago school of sociology. Continue Reading →

essay _ AUTOPIA

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“Autopia: Notes on Banham’s Visionary Metropolis,” Joelho: Journal of Architectural Culture #07 (Fall 2016): 54-63. Continue Reading →

essay _ THE LIST OF 38

Flat-Out-Slideshow-01 The Opinionator (A. Eisenschmidt), “The List of 38,” Flat Out #1 (Fall 2016): 2,12-17. Continue Reading →

essay _ A HISTORY OF CHICAGO IN TEN ARCHITECTURES

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A conclusion to the catalog and an introduction to the city: “A History of Chicago in Ten Architectures,” in Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of the Art of Architecture, catalog (CAB Publishing, 2015), 153-159.

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essay _ IN SUPPORT OF THE SPECULATIVE PROJECT

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Polemic “In Support of the Speculative Project – A Chicago Legacy,” MAS Context #25-26, “Legacy” issue (Spring-Summer 2015): 12-19. A revised version was published in Chicago Architecture Magazine, “Chicago Architecture Biennale” special edition, September/October 2015.  Continue Reading →

essay _ METROPOLITAN ARCHITECTURE in GREY ROOM

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Essay “Metropolitan Architecture: Karl Scheffler and Alfred Messel’s Search for a New Urbanity,” Grey Room #56 (Summer 2014): 90-115.

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essay _ STRANGER THAN FICTION

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Chapter “Stranger Than Fiction,” in Once Upon a Place, eds. Susana Oliveira and Pedro Gadanho (Lisbon: Caleidoscópio, 2013), 121-31. Continue Reading →

essay _ FANTASTISCHES BERLIN. DIE ENTDECKUNG EINER NEUEN METROPOLE

Chapter “Fantastisches Berlin. Die Entdeckung einer Neuen Metropole,” in August Endell 1871-1925: Architekt und Formkünstler, eds. Nicola Bröcker, Gisela Moeller, Christiane Salge (Berlin: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2012), 326-335; a collection of essays on the works of August Endell. Reviewed in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Kunstchronik.

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essay _ REVIEWS EDITORSHIP AT JAE

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Design and implementation of a new format for reviews in architecture at the Journal of Architectural Education, 2012-2013. For the first time, the section is curated around themes rather than media.

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essay _ URBAN FORM x3

Review of The Liberal Monument: Urban Design and the Late Modern Project, by Alexander D’Hooghe, Journal of Architectural Education, #65:2 (May 2012): 143-145.

essay _ EXHIBITING THE CITY

Review of Urban China: Informal Cities (exhibition), Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, #71:1 (March 2012): 129-31. Continue Reading →

essay _ THE CITY IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE CITY!

Review of Requiem: For the City at the End of the Millennium, by Sanford Kwinter, Journal of Architectural Education, #65:1 (December 2011): 96-97 Continue Reading →

Lecture, “Theorien der Raumanschauung und die Entstehung einer neuen Metropole,” was cited in Matthias Schirren’s article “Freiheit und Ordnung: Der Philharmonie Osteingang,” in Scharoun, exhibition catalog, 2011.

essay _ TUNING IN: WALTER BENJAMIN BROADCASTING THE CITY

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Review of Radio Broadcasts, 1929-32, by Walter Benjamin, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians,  Multimedia section, #69:2 (June 2010): 262-65.  Continue Reading →

essay _ VISUAL DISCOVERIES OF AN URBAN WANDERER

Essay “Visual Discoveries of an Urban Wanderer: August Endell’s Perception of a Beautiful Metropolis,” Arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, #11:1 (March 2007): 71-80.

essay _ EIN DORF, EIN ORT, EINE LANDSCHAFT

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 12.57.37 AMIntroduction “Ein Dorf, Ein Ort, Eine Landschaft,” to Ralf Schuhmann’s exhibition catalog Endstation Etzweiler (Bonn: Offener Atelier Katalog, 2004).

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