• Alex Ulam

    Alex Ulam is a freelance journalist and design critic based in New York.

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    Rug designer Nani Marquina is like a modern artist frustrated with the confines of the traditional square canvas. From stepped-border rugs to rug headboards, she has been pushing the boundaries of this most historic of home furnishings since starting her family run rug design business, Nanimarquina, in Barcelona, in...

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    David Chipperfield’s Museo Della Cultura (Mudec), a repurposed steel factory on the outskirts of Milan, has won praises for its spare industrial aesthetic. The 60 million-euro project, a series of zinc clad boxy buildings arrayed around a curved glass structure, opened in March of last year. However, the long-running...

    Advances in glass technology have some of the world’s most fashionable architects saying goodbye to the four-corner curtain wall towers that formerly epitomized progress. New technologies, notably those used to produce the double curved glass, allow architects to design swirling shapes that seemingly collapse the...

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    Water is growing scarcer, arable farmland is disappearing and global hunger is such that one out of nine people on Earth is suffering from chronic undernourishment. Indeed, one of the biggest challenges facing humanity today is finding more sustainable ways to grow food. Exhibitors presented ingenious solutions such...

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    The crowd of upscale Kenyans was in a festive mood dancing, drinking and laughing at a Nairobi nightclub. But then, one of the revelers spotted two white Westerners, journalist Michiel Hulshof and architect Daan Roggeveen. The Kenyan asked the two Dutch men whether they were Americans and then, without giving them...

    Postwar Modernism in the United States was not a female friendly movement. There was little room for women atop the pedestals in architecture, fine art, and industrial design. To be sure, in the art world there were prominent women artists practicing, but public acclaim was to come later; during the 1950s, they...

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