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I’m writing a book

October 29, 2017


and the fine people at Belt Publishing are going to release it in Spring 2019! It’s a tour through American suburbs that reflect countercultural or progressive values. The working title is Radical Suburbs.

Check out the official announcement.


Reston, Va. (Reston Historic Trust & Museum)


Stelton Colony, Piscataway, N.J. (Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives)

World Architecture Day at the Hirshhorn

October 3, 2017


I had a great time at the Hirshhorn Museum on Oct. 2, leading a mini-tour focused on Brutalism, concrete, and color in recognition of World Architecture Day. Thanks to everyone who came out!


Conroy Prize Lecture

April 12, 2017


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Last week, I gave a lecture at the District Architecture Center as part of D.C.’s new Architecture Month, after accepting the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize. The title was “The Overlooked Architectural Opportunities of Suburbia,” and it covered everything from Walter Gropius’ suburban experiments to New Urbanist New Towns to makeovers of strip malls. Here are slides for those who want to see ’em.


Kojo Nnamdi Show guest spot: Metro paint controversy

April 4, 2017



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Yesterday, I went on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the painting of the Brutalist vault of Metro’s Union Station, maintaining that this was a no-good, very-bad decision by WMATA. Do have a listen (it’s a short segment).


AIA Baltimore lecture: Suburban Migrations

March 21, 2017


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On March 16, I gave a talk for AIA Baltimore’s 2017 Migration lecture series. I shared the stage with Garrett Dash Nelson, a geographer at Dartmouth College known for his research on megaregions (which has produced some seriously cool maps). Garrett talked about commuting and megaregions, and then I talked about immigrants in contemporary suburbia, and the presentations complemented each other well. My slides are up on Slideshare if you want to take a look.