Interview: Dan Barasch on Ruin and Redemption in Architecture

An extensive survey of buildings lost, forgotten, reimagined and transformed

Dan Barasch, co-founder of New York City‘s Lowline (a football field-sized abandoned plot of underground land in the Lower East Side) argues in his newest book, Ruin and Redemption in Architecture, that there are four status updates for old buildings: lost, forgotten, reimagined and transformed. Barasch documents buildings all over the world in these various states in the book—through photographs, essays and more. Whether it …

Ettore Sottsass Sketched His Autobiography

Prolific and significant, architect and designer Ettore Sottsass sketched an illustrated autobiography back in 1993. Now published in a new edition of Phaidon’s “Ettore Sottsass,” these sketches offer a fascinating peep inside the brain of a master. They’re incredibly charming and accompanied by poetic notes of interest. (An especially interesting one: as a child, he enjoyed designing cemeteries.) Proving Sottsass was quite a sensitive soul, …

Mobile Architecture’s New Radical Homes

There’s more to mobile housing units than the trailer category. As design writer Rebecca Roke notes in her new book “Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move” (published by Phaidon), everything from floating cabins to trampoline tents now exist—thanks to entirely inspiring developments. From suspended works like Dom’Up, by Bruno de Grunne and Nicolas d’Ursel (pictured here) to huts on wheels by Olson Kundig, these abodes remind …