Alexandra Lange writes the Critical Eye column for Curbed, covering design in many forms: new parks and Instagram playgrounds, teen urbanists and architectural icons, postmodernism and the post-retail era. Her latest book, The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids, is being published by Bloomsbury USA in June 2018.
Alexandra was a 2014 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and received a publication grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for her new book. She has taught design criticism at the School of Visual Arts and New York University, and also wrote the book on it: Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012).
Alexandra lives in Brooklyn with her family.
New York Needs to Rethink Time, Not Space, To Actually Reopen
Timed ticketing could allow for both access and social distancing.
Design competitions won’t solve your city’s problems
Contests to fix everyday urban issues create spectacles instead of solutions.
The decade in architecture: The good, the bad, and the capitalism
Two critics reflect on 10 years of atypical design awards and ask, what exactly did it all come to?
Edward Norton on New York City’s ‘secret sin’ and the complicated legacy of Robert Moses
Alexandra Lange and the actor/director discuss his new film, "Motherless Brooklyn," through the lens of urban planning geekdom.
Navigating the new MoMA
The expanded Museum of Modern Art is so big, you may need GPS, and you’ll definitely need a snack.
State Rooms for Shitty Behavior
No amount of decor can cover the truth in Succession: It’s not the furniture, it’s the humiliation.
Who’s afraid of the pedestrian mall?
To make cities safer and denser, we need to make room for people, not cars. The specter of the 1970s is holding our foot traffic back.
Rem Koolhaas is the real diva
In the final installment of our summer series, Curbed’s architecture critic re-reads all 1,344 pages of the Dutch architect’s "S,M,L,XL"
What ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ meant to me as a woman in architecture
The catharsis of watching Cate Blanchett star in the movie version of the best-selling book.
The Big Little Lie of the TV kitchen island
The women of the HBO series should lose their spectacular, high-maintenance houses.