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Justin Davidson

  1. cityscape
    How Disney Hall Transformed a Downtown L.A. Neighborhood and the City Beyond“The 90-year-old architect may yet get to walk around the effervescent urban core he envisioned with art and music at its center.”
  2. cityscape
    LACMA Is Leaping Over Wilshire Boulevard, and L.A. Isn’t Sure Whether to Join ItA plan that’s either bold or gimmicky.
  3. the master remembered
    From 2017, a Portrait of I. M. Pei at (Nearly) 100Having conquered modernism, he moved beyond it to etch his legacy into the past century.
  4. cityscape
    TWA Takes Flight Again, Without Leaving the GroundSure, it whitewashes the past some. But can you imagine a better place to have a drink when your flight is delayed?
  5. classical music
    The Pianist Cécile Chaminade, Rediscovered (and the Club That Never Forgot Her)A star composer a century ago, now barely known.
  6. classical music
    It’s Time We All Heard the Music of Lili BoulangerA Carnegie Hall concert brings one of France’s great composers — ignored because she was a woman who died young — into view.
  7. suburbs
    The Suburbs Can Be Fixed. No, Really.It won’t happen in one giant swoop. But small changes can have big effects.
  8. encounter
    Michael Tilson Thomas, a Disruptor Who’s Become the Comfortable CenterA New York visit from the busy conductor, as he steps down from his San Francisco Symphony job.
  9. opera
    Why You Should Battle Your Way in to See This GötterdämmerungThe slats are silly, but the soloists are not.
  10. new york city
    The Tech Industry Is Remaking New York City — Even Without Amazon’s HQ2As tech occupies an ever-larger place in the economy, it will continue to affect the city’s physical shape — but perhaps in more heterodox ways.
  11. notre-dame
    On the Once and Future Notre-DameShould we leave it a ruin? Put it back as it was in the 19th century? The 13th? Yesterday? Or reimagine it anew?
  12. cityscape
    A Pair of New U.S. Embassies, Arriving at an Undiplomatic MomentReimagining the American compounds in New Delhi and Mexico City.
  13. cityscape
    The Shed at Hudson Yards Stays Half-True to Its Radical RootsWhether it busts out of tameness is up to the programmers.
  14. cityscape
    Essex Crossing Is a Megadevelopment That Knows Its Tenement NeighborsA pair of towers and a new Essex Street Market, plunked into the Lower East Side, turn out to be surprisingly well-integrated into the local fabric.
  15. new music
    Thomas Adès Finds a Way Forward for the Piano ConcertoFull of historic references, but all new.
  16. the metropolitan opera
    Christine Goerke Is a Spectacular Wagnerian First DaughterBrünnhilde’s personal branding has never been better.
  17. cityscape
    The De Blasio Climate Plan Is Big, Ambitious, and Very VagueBut it does make clear what a huge job it will be to keep the ocean out of lower Manhattan.
  18. cityscape
    Corey Johnson’s Simple But Innovative Plan to Fix New York’s Transit SystemThe city council speaker has an ambitious strategy for overhauling how New Yorkers get around — no advanced tech or billion-dollar deal required.
  19. select all
    Silicon Valley Wants a Monument to Itself. Will It Scale?So far it’s just vaporware.
  20. public art
    Our Memorials Teach Us to ForgetMost things crumble, especially in New York.
  21. cityscape
    The Showy but Restrained Museum of the International BaroqueIn Puebla, Mexico, a subtly flamboyant tribute to the gaudiest, most spectacular art.
  22. now that's what i call music
    Gabriel Kahane Turns Funny Tweets and Mitt Romney Quotes Into Micro-Songs“My favorite meat is hot dog.” Sing it with us now.
  23. cityscape
    Is This Harvard Prototype the Greenest Building in America?HouseZero can handle Boston’s winters and summers, and a lot of its lessons are replicable anywhere.
  24. urbanism
    Hudson Yards Is a Gilded City Straight Out of a Billionaire’s FantasyWhere nothing is ever dirty and everything works, where you can live your perfect life and never have to leave — provided you can pay for it.
  25. cityscape
    A Built-From-Scratch Neighborhood in Washington That Doesn’t Feel PrefabThe Wharf doesn’t gaslight us into pretending it’s something it isn’t.
  26. cityscape
    The High Line Has Become a Tunnel Through Glass TowersAnd the views now belong to a few very rich neighbors.
  27. cityscape
    The L Won’t Shut Down After All. Time to Panic?Governor Cuomo’s surprise announcement of relief was greeted with less enthusiasm than he might have hoped for.
  28. cityscape
    When a Developer Comes for Your Little Neighborhood ParkIn Nolita and Nashville, two cautionary tales: If it’s not absolutely locked down as green space, it can become a building site.
  29. cityscape
    If You Think Hudson Yards Is Big, Wait Till You See What’s Coming to SunnysideThe future of Queens lies over the rail yards.
  30. cityscape
    Here’s a Solution for Fixing the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Get Rid of ItNew York City wants to spend billions upgrading a perpetually jammed roadway. Bad idea.
  31. opera review
    Opera Review: A Tale of Two Tones in the Met’s La TraviataMichael Mayer’s production makes the sparkly life so unsexy and over-sugared, the last act’s bleakness comes off as refreshingly spare.
  32. best of 2018
    The 10 Best Classical-Music Performances of 2018Messiaen, Mahler, and a mile of singers.
  33. opera review
    Opera Review: The Unseen Great War, in William Kentridge’s The Head and the LoadThe North Africa campaign that the West often forgets about.
  34. cityscape
    Will the AT&T Building Ever Really Work? A Look at the (Revised) RenovationA first look at the revised renovation plan.
  35. close reads
    The Hidden Meaning Behind My Brilliant Friend’s Neapolitan DialectIf Neapolitan is the language of Lenù and Lila’s imprisoning neighborhood, then Italian is the language of social mobility.
  36. cityscape
    Growing Out of the ’60s: The Ford Foundation Building Gets RenewedPlantings that work, restored mid-century credenzas — and, finally, wheelchair access that’s not through the back.
  37. cityscape
    Norman Foster’s Tulip Is Instagram Architecture at Its EmptiestThe Gherkin is getting a sperm-shaped neighbor.
  38. cityscape
    Amazon Can’t Monopolize New York CityThe company shouldn’t be seen as a threat. Besides, the world’s great urban center of commerce doesn’t tell anyone to get out of town.
  39. basta!
    Rome Tried to Break Up Its Version of the MTA, and Only Apathy Stopped ItA big majority of voters were in favor — but so few people voted that it didn’t matter.
  40. cityscape
    Columbia U. Tries to Welcome the Neighbors — and Keeps Them at Arm’s LengthThe Manhattanville campus is simultaneously open and remote.
  41. hyperloop!
    Virgin Hyperloop One’s First Project Will Be in IndiaJay Walder is the new CEO.
  42. cityscape
    What to Expect When Amazon Lands in Long Island CityPricier lunches and more transit needs.
  43. cityscape
    Newark’s Revival Is Finally Real. So Is Its Latest Problem.“We’ve been down so long we have to get it right,” one observer says.
  44. cityscape
    Modern Rome Is Falling Into Ruins, and Its Mayor Is FiddlingBasta!
  45. music
    Music Review: Two Pianos, 20 Fingers, Infinite PleasureMessiaen’s Visions de l’Amen, at Zankel Hall.
  46. cityscape
    Why New York City Should Welcome Electric Scooters on Its StreetsHow can anyone detest these things? They are simple, cheap, and slightly goofy. Best of all, they could help us get rid of cars.
  47. opera review
    Opera Review: On the Lightness of Nico Muhly’s Marnie“This deluxe production of a lavish opera rests on such a wispy score.”
  48. cityscape
    Can Paris Exist Sans Gasoline? Its Mayor Thinks So.Anne Hidalgo fights to create a global capital free of exhaust-spewing cars. But not everyone is ready to let go.
  49. opera review
    High Notes on the High Line: The Mile-Long OperaVernacular voices strung like Christmas lights along an elevated park.
  50. opera review
    Opera Review: Anna Netrebko, an Old-Style Diva, in AidaBut really, the Met Opera needs to eliminate the brownface.
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