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James Biber
NYC architect: making (buildings, dinner, interiors, spoons) writing (essays, articles, post it notes) teaching (students, dogs) living (NYC, Upstate NY, Milan)

More than 60 years ago, in a land far, far away, design nearly won the day…

period black and white photo of Unfinished Business pavilion in 1959
period black and white photo of Unfinished Business pavilion in 1959
“The Unfinished Work” mini-pavilion at the 1958 Brussels Expo


Fast food never had it so good.

old photograph of model of HI WAY drive in restaurant
old photograph of model of HI WAY drive in restaurant


The Lincoln Memorial’s neoclassical facade
The Lincoln Memorial’s neoclassical facade
The Lincoln Memorial, 1922, by Henry Bacon winning out over a plan to build a simple log cabin


red fabric with a set of football play symbols
red fabric with a set of football play symbols
Fabric designed by the author for furniture at Cardinals football stadium using football play notations


The rich are just like you and me, except more so…

432 Park Ave supertall tower
432 Park Ave supertall tower
432 Park Avenue, the center point of the super tall failures


Should we judge a president by the design of their watch?

Biden delivering inauguration address with Rolex showing
Biden delivering inauguration address with Rolex showing
Biden describing the size of our collective problem


colorful pixelization with text “no signal”
colorful pixelization with text “no signal”


Why does it take so long to reject fascism?

photo of Nuremburg rally with vertical columns of light and massive crowds saluting Hitler
photo of Nuremburg rally with vertical columns of light and massive crowds saluting Hitler
Nuremburg Rally with all of Germany’s searchlights forming the Cathedral of Light


Stopping COVID or Why are NYC apartments so hot?

cover of Leeds on Ventilation, subtitled Mans Own Breath is his Greatest Enemy
cover of Leeds on Ventilation, subtitled Mans Own Breath is his Greatest Enemy


On Enzo Mari, 1932–2020

Enzo Mari sitting on wood chair Sedia 1
Enzo Mari sitting on wood chair Sedia 1
Enzo Mari on Sedia 1

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