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The Four Orders of Architecture

From the Emporor's Office of Outreach.
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By DAVID KISH  |  November 30, 2012

DIY Education

In light of recent budget cuts in average Americans' bank accounts, and the increasingly skyrocketing cost of higher education, Phoenix University (we regret the acronym, but University of Phoenix was taken) has opened its (paper) doors.
Save some dough and take our classes!
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 28, 2012

An improvement on ‘Reimagining’

I loved your "Reimagining Portland" ideas — except one.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, September 7, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 07, 2012
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Reimagining Portland

Portland is rethinking some of its public spaces.
New ideas for three major public spaces
By CALVIN DUNWOODY  |  August 24, 2012
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Can the Charles River Esplanade be transformed into the world's best park?

What if — in place of the current three-story Museum of Science parking garage overlooking the Charles River — there loomed a giant Ferris wheel, on the order of the London Eye?
Seeing green
By JON GARELICK  |  February 10, 2012
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Renzo Piano's new wing pays tribute to the Gardner Museum's magic

The challenge from the start of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum expansion project was: how do you follow up a masterpiece? The 99-year-old Fenway institution is world-renowned for its old-master collection installed in dramatic period rooms inside a
Intimate grandeur
By GREG COOK  |  January 20, 2012


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Review: The Flowers of War

In 1937 the invading Imperial Japanese Army killed and raped thousands of people in the Chinese city of Nanjing. The atrocity has recently inspired two Chinese films, including Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death and this unimpressive outing from Zhang
Unimpressive outing from Zhang Yimou
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: August Ventimiglia at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA

August Ventimiglia isolates simple gestures and records their impact and reverberations, magnifying the grace of the adjusting and settling physical world, and implying larger social and philosophical commentary.
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By ANNIE LARMON  |  April 08, 2011
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Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings

Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
Big words
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 03, 2010
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The museum-building boom continues

What's happening at the Gardner and at Harvard
What's happening at the Gardner and at Harvard
By JON GARELICK  |  November 19, 2010
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Review: A. Cemal Ekin's 'Touching the History' at PC

In June 2009, A. Cemal Ekin, a marketing professor at Providence College, found himself in Istanbul, Turkey, atop scaffolding rising some 16 stories high inside the historic dome of Hagia Sophia.
See the light
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2010


Building a better world, by design

What if architects across America agreed to make every building they design 50 percent more energy-efficient — and keep improving until, by 2030, they're at carbon-neutral?
Improvements
By MARION DAVIS  |  October 08, 2010
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Review: '10 Most Endangered Properties'; plus, 'Chromophilia'

The most striking reminder of the threat to buildings featured on the Providence Preservation Society's "2010 Ten Most Endangered Properties" list is that Brownell & Field Company at 119 Harris Avenue, which the society highlighted because it feared
Faded glory
By GREG COOK  |  October 01, 2010

Save the pool: readers reflect on the Christian Science Center landmark

Boston has a special place when it comes to the history of modern urban spaces in the United States. It has one of the worst of such spaces — the plaza in front of City Hall — and one of the best, the plaza of the Christian Science Center.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 23, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 23, 2010
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Lighting history

On January 1, 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner invited 300 guests to a private concert by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the opening of her new museum on the Fenway. After performances of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, the mirrored door
The Gardner Museum takes a chance on the new
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2010
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Deep layers

Throughout his long career Mark Wethli's work has been studied, careful, and formally rigorous.
Mark Wethli's latest work is some of his best
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 25, 2009


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Simple gifts

Charles and Henry Greene came to Boston in 1888 to study architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Master architects: The Greenes at the MFA, Frank Lloyd Wright in Manchester
By GREG COOK  |  August 21, 2009
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Photos: Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex

Dutch Seascapes at Peabody Essex
"The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes" at the Peabody
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 26, 2009
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Slideshow: Marcel Breuer at RISD

The RISD Museum presents "Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture," a major retrospective of the late Bauhaus designer's furniture and buildings, through July 19.
"Marcel Breuer: Design and Architecture" at RISD Museum through July 19
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 01, 2009
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The Chair Man

It is one of the icons of 20th-century design. What distinguishes Marcel Breuer's B34 armchair from 1928 is its materials (fabric seats slung between steel tubing) and the lack of rear legs.
A major Breuer retrospective opens at RISD
By GREG COOK  |  April 17, 2009
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Interview: T. C. Boyle

Among his many fictionalizations of the American past, novelist T.C. Boyle has remade such real-life characters as the inventor of cornflakes, John Harvey Kellogg ( The Road to Wellville , 1993), and sexual behaviorist Alfred Kinsey ( The Inner Circle
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By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 03, 2009


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Deception

Director Marcel Langenegger has a way with a nocturnal urban landscape, but his feature debut goes splat on the pavement.
Unimaginative erotic thriller
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 30, 2008
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Hearts of glass

In the photo it is night, and two women in cocktail dresses sit — perhaps chatting while jazz plays in the background — in a spare modern living room.
California cool at the Addison Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2008
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Your history

For a building, inclusion on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered list is a mixed blessing.
‘Impermanence’ at the Essex Art Center, ‘Two Chinas’ at WAM, Renée Green at the Carpenter Center, and Feminism at the MFA
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 26, 2008
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Everyday use

Two new exhibits take design — the familiar background of our daily lives — and give it immediacy in a gallery setting.
Rethinking design at the ICA, and City Hall at Pinkcomma Gallery
By DAVID EISEN  |  October 10, 2007
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Common ground

Like the American naturalists of the last century, Ann Patchett examines race and class in her new novel, Run .
Ann Patchett’s Boston allegory
By DANA KLETTER  |  September 18, 2007


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Edifice complex

You’re Boston Mayor Tom Menino, preparing to address the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on a chilly morning in December 2006.
Tom Menino has already remade Boston’s skyline. Now he wants to pack up City Hall and move it to Southie. Can anyone stop him?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 02, 2007
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Drawing connections

The Portland Museum of Art’s challenge in presenting an architectural exhibition is akin to the finger that points to the moon.
Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s work at the PMA
By IAN PAIGE  |  July 11, 2007
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Best buildings

Most travel guides are little more than lists of colorless places in which to waste your money and sanitized tourist traps in which to waste your time.
Traveling with architecture
By DAVID EISEN  |  April 10, 2007
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Dullsville

I waited in a crowd for two hours before finally getting into Boston’s new Institute of Contemporary Art on opening day, December 10. Just then a mother rushed out the door, telling her husband and their four little girls, “They say another hour.”
A contrarian view of the new ICA
By GREG COOK  |  January 17, 2007