The essay is like a sketch for a painting. It's brief and quickly crafted...well, relatively quickly crafted.

And it might suggest a larger piece of more extensive development, but has the merit of standing alone in an era of famously short attention spans.

Essays may be the 'trailers' for larger pieces, but at their best they are the kind of trailer that spoils all the best parts of the movie. The ones you see and say, 'I think I just saw the whole movie.'

  • Superbowl Stuff
    Locker Rooms

  • Indoor Graffiti
    JBF LTD countdown

  • Earthquake NYC
    8/23/2011 1:51PM

  • Leaving Pentagram
    The Parting Gift

  • Pictures of Pictures

  • Sol Lewitt
    meet Emery Roth

  • Goodbye MHT

  • Eileen Gray's E.1027

  • Le Corbusier
    Le Cabanon

  • The Architecture of
    Identity II

  • How I Became a Designer

  • The Importance of
    Public Space

  • Paperclips of Gold

  • Waffle House

  • Morality & Architecture

  • On Memory and Architecture

  • Monica Pidgeon
    1913-2009

  • A Letter to George

  • The Architecture
    of Identity

  • 1969 Redux

  • Vestige(s) of Empire

  • The Greatest Grid
    An Essay

  • I ? Pen(cil)s

  • Some Watches
    A Minor Obsession

  • 10 Years After

  • Love Letter to a Cantilever

  • The View from (Google) Earth

  • The Technocrat Priest

  • Collapsible
    Bicycle Helmet

  • Why Small Houses
    (Still) Matter

  • What is
    an EXPO?

  • quote
    unquote