My hometown of Detroit, once a haven for some very nasty notions, has filed for bankruptcy protection. But Detroit's current malaise gives those who haven't abandoned the city an opportunity to abandon old prejudices for new solutions. A 96-year-old philosopher may be the city's new Joan of Arc.
Black Star Nairobi contrives a fictitious globetrotting adventure among three Kenyan pals fighting international terrorism. Meanwhile, in real-life Kenya, a much more astonishing and uplifting story is unfolding.
In Weimar, Germany, my six-year-old son Danny made his dramatic debut in a remarkable kindergarten named for a remarkable man whose memory, let us hope, will outlast Germany's 20th-Century tragedies.
Can today's global conflicts be disguised as love stories? Yes, and very effectively, when the lovers are Nigerians or Pakistanis studying at Ivy League universities.
Just when you've given up hope for the future of humanity, along comes someone like John Wood to demonstrate why problems can be solved. The key isn't money or political power but imagination and optimism.
As architects, Robert Venturi and his wife/partner Denise Scott Brown did everything together. But he alone received the esteemed Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1991. That's a reflection on the profession's sexism and the Pritzker's archaic notions about how architects work.
From Louis Sullivan to Frank Lloyd Wright, some of the world's most creative modern architects never went to architecture school, and some never went to college. They got the hang of good design on the job by watching pros do it— and then they did it, their way.
The late Dan Hoffman, my favorite Philadelphia poet, was the kind of poet that Walt Whitman asked Americans to cherish.
What have our starchitects done for the common man? Very little. But the recent recognition of Toyo Ito suggests that the tide may yet turn.
Beyond a certain threshold, rising incomes don't bring greater happiness. But what can governments do— other than economic development— to promote happiness? One answer is emerging, of all places, in the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan.