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'Jengaform' Architecture Is Everywhere

Cities are becoming chock-a-block with blocky-looking buildings.
A rendering for 56 Leonard, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and currently under construction in New York's Tribeca neighborhood.
A rendering for 56 Leonard, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and currently under construction in New York's Tribeca neighborhood.Hines

When the story of the Teens is set down in stone, the section on how people lived will include plenty of shudder-worthy chapter headings: crop-tops, selfie sticks, sharing plates small and large. But the portion on housing in the 2010s will have just two factors: stacked and elevated.

The “Jengaform” look of recovery-era multifamily architecture is everywhere. New York is chock-a-block with blocky-looking buildings. New designs for San Francisco, Washington, D.C., even Skid Row in Los Angeles have all followed suit. Late Obama-era architecture puts the part before the whole.