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The decade in architecture: The good, the bad, and the capitalism

Two critics reflect on 10 years of atypical design awards and ask, what exactly did it all come to?

Below, we revisit our past prizes, pairing our initial write-ups with new commentary that reflects on the original award and how, if at all, our views have changed. These are the highlights of the last 10 sodden years, the ups and downs (mostly downs) as our culture and politics shriveled into a polarized narcissistic frenzy headed for climatic destruction. Enjoy!


Best Use of White Plastic From Italy: The dapper drones at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce got a new office, and the bright spot was Roger Sterling’s Nesso lamp, a glowing mushroom designed in 1964 by Giancarlo Mattioli.

For several years in the early aughts, no design story came without a reference to AMC’s Mad Men, the impeccably art-directed show that introduced a new generation to conversation pits, electric typewriters, Eames chairs, op art, and much, much more.


Triggering Award: Watching the cathedral of Notre Dame burn brought us to tears.

Somebody’s Watching You Award: To San Francisco’s Salesforce Park, branded, laden with native plants, and surveilled by cameras and smiling “ambassadors.”

XXL Prize: To the Museum of Modern Art, which seems to think art is exempt from the law of induced demand.

Read them all HERE >>>> Source: Curbed The decade in architecture: The good, the bad, and the capitalism

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