Building Culture is the writing platform of architectural historian Michael R. Allen. This blog will include essays on architectural history, historic preservation, art, urban design and related topics. The path will bend, or split, but the aim will be true and steady: the built environment, and its cultural dimensions.

Architecture exists in — and because of — context. Building Culture unpacks that context to illuminate questions of how, why and who. Sometimes the blog will focus on what. This is a blog devoted to critical spatial practice.

Photograph by Jarred Gastreich.
Photograph by Jarred Gastreich.

Allen is based in St. Louis, where he directs the Preservation Research Office, a cultural heritage consultancy, and teaches in the American Culture Studies and Landscape Architecture programs at Washington University in St. Louis. St. Louis is a vector for this writing project, but not the exclusive subject.