Kate Wagner is the creator of the viral blog McMansionHell, which roasts the world’s ugliest houses from top to bottom, all while teaching about architecture and design. Since its launch in July 2016, the blog has been featured in a wide range of publications, including the Huffington Post, Slate, Business Insider and Paper Magazine. Outside of McMansion Hell, Kate is a guest contributor for Curbed, 99 Percent Invisible, and Atlas Obscura. In addition to writing about architecture, Kate has worked extensively as a sound engineer with expertise in recording engineering, product development, and research. She is currently a graduate student in Acoustics as part of a joint program between Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory, where her focus is in architectural acoustics.
The pandemic has challenged my urbanist beliefs, but buildings aren’t responsible for human problems.
Single-family homes are partly to blame for our housing mess, but they can also be a tool to solve our problems.
As companies like Wayfair face criticism, is buying from them the right thing to do?
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As we surround more houses with grass, we deprive ourselves of natural signposts.
The common lament misses crucial context about the style trends and building materials of the past.