Katharine Jose

How 'The New York Times' controls architecture criticism in America, whoever its critic may be:

A group of critics, not including the Times' own Michael Kimmelman, on the state of the discipline.

Bio: Katharine Jose is a current student of Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas-Austin School of Architecture. She has written about politics, infrastructure, environment, development, natural disasters, and more for Capital, and The New York Times, among other publications.

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How ‘The New York Times’ controls architecture criticism in America, whoever its critic may be

A group of critics, not including the Times' own Michael Kimmelman, on the state of the discipline.

Mar. 1, 2012


American Girl: The Wallis Simpson story, told differently

If the story author Anne Sebba tells in her new book, That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, is true, then the story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor that has been passed down is very much a myth. The story Sebba tells is more like this: an emotionally and morally stunted prince, who never wanted to be king, and becomes a poor one, becomes so obsessed with a woman who—although she enjoys his attention, the jewelry, and the lifestyle—he essentially corners into marriage.

Feb. 17, 2012


Before the flood: New York City is just beginning to gird for the ‘100-year storm,’ if it’s not already too late

Recent efforts from the Bloomberg administration will significantly reduce the city's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in the future. What they won't do—can't do—is reverse what may be very real dangers the city faces as a result of environmental changes already well underway. Specifically: Sea-level rise.

Feb. 3, 2012


On making ‘green’ building in New York City a less terrible experience

The city tries to make zoning regulations more compatible with efforts to make existing buildings more environmentally friendly.

Jan. 30, 2012


Behind the scenes, M.T.A. engineer-in-chief Mike Horodniceanu builds a new transit system, as long as Joe Lhota can bring in the money

An interview with the head of capital construction for the city-state transit agency.

Nov. 1, 2011


New York’s tallest apartment building, inside and out (and in between)

The building is made of 280 million pounds of concrete, and supported using a now-familiar "core-and-outrigger" method. The building's core makes up the main structural support, but at each level of the building arms reach out from the core and "grab" pillars near the perimeter of each floorplate.

Oct. 20, 2011


Second Avenue Subway has a breakthrough moment; several billion more are all the M.T.A. wants

The boring machine fascinates as it breaks through bedrock into the 63rd Street tunnel.

Sep. 23, 2011


Introducing The New York Dozen, the anti-movement movement in New York architecture

Martin Finio of Christoff:Finio Architecture said, “Frank Gehry and Richard Meier, they have to be dead in 12 years." This elicited laughter, and he continued: “They’ve got to be gone by then, no?”

An audience member shouted, “Don’t count on it!”

“Retired,” Finio said, “Let’s call it retired. So that’s all we can hope for in the next 12 years.”

Aug. 11, 2011


Dr. Yes: With W57, Bjarke Ingels brings the Copenhagen idea to New York’s private sector

The architect's point of view that things like sustainability, greenness, and design innovation are no longer the exclusive province of city planners forms the basis of a partnership with one of the city's biggest developers, and one of its most ambitious projects.

May. 6, 2011


Back to nature: The house in the park at the end of Bayswater

The city is considering a request to revisit a forgotten park in the Rockaways that was once the home of a nature-loving eccentric.

Apr. 6, 2011