Sarah Goldhagen

Sarah Williams Goldhagen teaches architectural history and theory at
the Harvard Design School and is the author of Louis Kahn's Situated Modernism.

Recent Articles

Kool Houses, Kold Cities

Even if you don't like to shop, go to the
intersection of
Broadway and Prince streets in SoHo to witness, and become part of, the spectacle
of Prada's recently opened flagship store. The design by Rem Koolhaas is
architecture at its most electrifying (and electrified) brilliance. Rumored to
have cost $40 million, or approximately $1,700 per square foot, Koolhaas's
renovation of the bottom two stories of the now-defunct SoHo Guggenheim -- work
that Miuccia Prada and Koolhaas fatuously claim will help to "redefine the
experience of shopping" -- is crackling with innovative ideas, outrageous
compositional gestures, and high-technology theatrics. It reaffirms the Pritzker

Architecture: Boring Buildings

Now that the World Trade Center towers are gone,
will Tony Soprano still
glance at them in his side-view mirror as he drives home on the New Jersey
Turnpike? Or will The Sopranos' producers have him looking back at the now
denuded skyline of Manhattan--at the squat residential towers of Battery Park
City, all dressed up in frills and pink veneer?