In a provocative New York Times’ article, Witold Rybczynski offers a startling thought: What if all the globe-trotting architects plying their trade from Shanghai to San Francisco just stayed home?

Rybczynski’s thesis, which I heartily agree with, is that architecture is - or should be - radically place-based. That is, a building in Pittsburgh is fundamentally a different thing than a building in Pyongyang - a fairly obvious fact that the jet-set architects known as “starchitects” often…  [more]