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Don't Diss Single Payer Health Care If You Haven't Tried It

(41) Comments | Posted June 10, 2009 | 3:01 AM

At a recent dinner party in Los Angeles, guests were discussing my native country, England, and a lady blurted out that nothing could be worse than being treated in a British hospital. I was rather astonished at this statement, having been cared for very well throughout my childhood and early...

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Peter Zumthor: A "Timeless" Architect for our Time?

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2009 | 6:44 PM

Some years back I was lucky enough to be sent by a magazine to a remote Alpine village in Switzerland called Vals to sample a newly built thermal bath by a then little-known Swiss architect named Peter Zumthor. After a long trip - by plane, two trains and a mountain...

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"Excess" Versus "Relevance" Is an Irrelevant Debate

(25) Comments | Posted April 9, 2009 | 5:03 PM

There is a generation of young architects and critics that is righteously indignant at the "architecture of excess" (by this they mean the sculptural buildings built over the last 10-15 years by Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and fellow "starchitects"). This group is thrilled that the economic crash has...

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