Darran Anderson

Darran Anderson

Darran Anderson is the author of Imaginary Cities (University of Chicago Press) and the forthcoming Tidewrack (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

The Zany, Playful Brilliance of Will Alsop

You knew a building was his the second you set eyes on it and yet he still managed to surprise.

Man on bridge

A Brexit Bridge Too Far

Boris Johnson’s recent proposal to build a span between the U.K. and France recalls a long history of ambitious construction fantasies with uninspiring origins.

The Perils of Diagnosing Modernists

Two researchers recently suggested that autism and post-traumatic stress disorder led to the minimalist stylings of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Their questions and tools are useful, but there’s danger in mistaking one piece of a puzzle for its entirety.

The Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria.

The Prophetic Side of Archigram

It’s easy to see the controversial group’s influence in left field architecture from High-Tech to Blobism 50 years later, but it’s easier still to see it in emerging technologies and the way we interact with them.

Lindholm Oil Company Service Station in Carlton County, Minnesota

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

For all his criticisms, America’s most celebrated architect wasn’t intrinsically opposed to cities. Instead, he urged us to examine what they had become and recognize that none of their failures were inevitable.