• Architecture among Other Things: Three Decades of Writings by Joan Ockman
    Joan Ockman
    Actar Publishers, 2016
    Joan Ockman

T. A. Hayes, photograph of site of future IKEA store on the riverfront in south Philadelphia, 2004. Courtesy of the artist.

Architecture among Other Things gathers twenty-five essays and occasional pieces written by the author over the course of her career as an architectural critic, historian, and educator. Treating a wide range of topics—from Tafuri to Times Square, Gehry to Ground Zero, the Seagram Building to the Seattle Library—the collection reflects on architecture's adjacency to other things, on architecture as a thing, on the relationship between intellectual and material work, on the need for imagination, and on the necessity of architectural criticism today. Several essays have never before been published; others exist only in out-of-print or non-English-language publications.

Joan Ockman is distinguished senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and currently teaches at the Cooper Union and Cornell. She directed the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture from 1994 to 2008, and taught at Columbia University's architecture school for over two decades. Her most recent book publications are Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (2012) and MAS: The Modern Architectural Symposia, 1962–1966 (2014). Other edited volumes include the award-winning Architecture Culture 1943–1968 (1993), The Pragmatist Imagination: Thinking about Things in the Making (2000), Out of Ground Zero: Case Studies in Urban Reinvention (2002), and Architourism: Authentic, Escapist, Exotic, Spectacular (2005). Her essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She began her career at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, where she was executive editor of Oppositions journal and associate editor of Oppositions Books.