Crystalline Bodies: Fragments of a Cultural History of Glass

Jeffrey T. Schnapp

Within the framework of an overall theory of the cultural history of materials, this article reconstructs the role of tempered glass in the modernist imagination.

The Bauhaus in Calcutta: An Encounter of the Cosmopolitan Avant-Garde [Exhibition Review]

Reviewed by Antonia Behan

The encounter between Bauhauslers and the Bengali avant-garde in 1922 has long tantalized scholars of South Asian modernism. 

Passages from Why I Became an Architect by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky

Selected and Translated by Juliet Kinchin

These extracts outline Schütte-Lihotzky’s working methods, the concerns that lay behind the design of the Frankfurt Kitchen, and something of her larger ideas about design and the status of women.

The Administration of Things: A Genealogy

Ben Kafka

What does it mean to "replace the government of persons by the administration of things?" And what do we do about all this paperwork?

Notes from the Field

Changes
Ken Ames

According to its “Traffic Report” for August 30, 2014 (p. B2), the most-read online business article in the New York Times for the preceding week was “Retiring: Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings.” What the title of that article lacked in poetry it more than made up in its succinct description of a major transformation taking place within American society today.

In Praise of Roundabouts
Ken Ames

I set off yesterday afternoon on an automobile trip to the bank. I can sense that you are already unsympathetic. Why don’t I do my banking online and stay off the road? But the bank is not the point here. The point is time and the nature of travel itself. The route I took was a familiar one. 

Strawberries
Ken Ames

The strawberry season has come and gone. To be more precise, the season for locally-grown strawberries has come and gone. Strawberries are still very much in evidence at the big-box grocery stores but they come from somewhere else, very far away.  

Perishable Goods
Ken Ames

Go on to Google and look for Belter furniture. Just click on “images” and an entire page of Belter and Belteresque objects will appear. Search for Wooton desks and you will also be rewarded with many score of objects. Now try Gardner & Co. veneer chair seats or something along those lines...

Hobby Businesses
Ken Ames

People are still wondering what happened to the antiques business. Until recently, the trade was a stable and enduring fixture of American culture and commerce. It seemed to only grow stronger with every passing year. But it has indeed fallen on hard times...