Author Archives: Alexandra Lange

Living in Lego City

Police checkpoints. The Burj Khalifa. Bears. What kind of urbanism is Lego creating?     “LEGO City is busy. The police are looking for thieves, the fire brigade is on the move, the ambulance is off on rescue, the cargo train is fully loaded, and in the Airport the passenger plane is ready to take...

An Anatomy of Uncriticism

What happens to design when we’re afraid to take on our sacred cows?     In June, when Apple unveiled its donut-shaped, spaceship-suggestive headquarters in Cupertino, California, I took to my Design Observer blog to critique what I saw as its retrograde suburbanism. Companies have been plunking big geometric shapes in the countryside since...