Observations features individual articles focused on the intersection between the built environment and other disciplines. This section is also the home to particular series, such as featuring exhibitions across the world affected by COVID-19, and In Context (a re-contextualization of our archives by our readers).

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A Career in Five Projects: Carol Ross Barney

Iker Gil interviews Carol Ross Barney

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Restoring the Sears, Roebuck & Company’s Sunken Garden

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Mid-Continent Modern

Introduction by Jeffery S. Poss with text and photographs by Phillip Kalantzis-Cope

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The Japanese House Inside and Out

Essay by Naomi Pollock

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There’s A Place Called Kokomo (Opalescent Glass)

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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The Birds, the Couple, and My Doppelgänger in Reverse

Text by Umi the Cat and project by Imu Chan Architecture

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Sentinels: Iron Portals of Chicagoland

Project by Cédric Van Parys

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Unnamed Spaces

Marta Bogéa, Mônica Junqueira de Camargo, and Pedro Kok in conversation with Alvaro Puntoni and João Sodré of GRUPOSP

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Drawing the Ring of Steel: A Counter-Monument for Belfast

Essay and project by Kate Catterall

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Five Bay Landscapes: Saginaw Bay

Essay by Sean Burkholder and Karen Lutsky

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Urban Exploration as Creative Practice

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Urban Archaeology: Lost Buildings of St. Louis

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Hanover and Over Again!

Essay by Jason Griffiths

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The “Passion Tax” is History

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Photo Essay


Text and photos by Ana Amado

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Outside the Box: Modern and Contemporary Houses in Riverside

Text by Michelangelo Sabatino with photographs by Will Quam

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The Englewood Nature Trail: Urban Morphology and Community

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Mundo Mendo Goes to Seoul: The World of Luis Mendo on Display

Iker Gil interviews Luis Mendo about his exhibition Mundo Mendo

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Art at the James R. Thompson Center

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius