Design: The Bricks Come Tumbling Down

James Wines brings his "de-architecture" to academe

A leading architectural historian calls his work "frivolous in the highest degree." A design educator says he "has the energy and enthusiasm to make the dust fly." To architecture students, he is both an idol and an idol smasher. James Wines, 51, seems to be America's only truly avant-garde architectural designer at a time when the established avant-garde—or the avant-garde establishment—has lost its way. Many eyebrows were raised, therefore, when Wines was appointed to take over this fall as chairman of the environmental and interior design...

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