Other stories by Aaron Betsky

  • Sandy Proves Our Dependence on Infrastructure

    Aaron Betsky says that Hurricane Sandy proves that we need infrastructure for our basic societal needs: travel, electricity, and commerce.

  • Political Victory and Political Disaster, as Explained by Design

    The campaigns adopted very different design strategies to frame their very different campaigns—to very different ends.

  • Lebbeus Woods: The Alchemist

    Aaron Betsky remembers Lebbeus Woods, who in the mid-1980s, became a revolutionary with the stroke of pencil, blowing up our preconception of what buildings or landscapes could be merely by drawing evocative alternatives.

  • Who Cares Who's a Licensed Architect?

    The architecture profession around the world often seems more interested in protecting its status than in promoting the cause of good architecture, Aaron Betsky says. And that extends to the issue of licensing, too.

  • What's Trending Reflects a Return to Order

    Comfort is king? Aaron Betsky isn't so sure he likes how we're hearkening back to older times in an attempt to be progressive.

  • Architects, it's Time to Wow Us Again

    Foster & Partners was chosen to redesign 425 Park Avenue, and Aaron Betsky fears that yet another bland box will hit New York's skyline. It's time to break out of boring boxes, he says.

  • The Ideological Divide Between Cities and Suburbs

    The line between cities and suburbs is generally the line between Democrats and Republicans. Aaron Betsky says that this also represents the preference for community or isolation.

  • A Stay in Arne Jacobsen's Room 606

    The SAS Radisson Hotel proves a stark, comfortable, beautiful contrast to other resting stops in Copenhagen on Aaron Betsky's last visit to the Danish city.

  • Visiting the Biennale's Country Pavilions

    Most country pavilions shown work that represent each country's hopes and fears, but not what is being built or will be built in that country, Aaron Betsky says.

  • Thomas Struth Displays Beauty in the Ordinary in Venice

    Though some exhibits and pavilions disappointed Aaron Betsky at this year's Venice Biennale, he did find that the theme of "common ground" can still provide a place for documentation, experimentation, and social action.