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Architectural Criticism

March 20, 2015, 6am PDT
An addiction to spectacle and fad, says Peter Buchanan, has set architecture adrift in a sea of meaningless forms. And real design problems go ignored.
The Architectural Review
October 9, 2014, 5am PDT
Architecture critic Aaron Betsky provides a new take urban dystopia: bland and homogenous. The antidote, he argues, can be found on the edges.
Blog post
September 27, 2014, 5am PDT
Design criticism bridges the gap between the process and product of design, and the public’s understanding and appreciation for it. But does it have to be all about architecture?
Mark Hough
April 10, 2013, 5am PDT
"Minimize description and maximize observation" were among the nuggets of advice delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Blair Kamin to a recent class of Harvard students eager to learn how to think and write like an activist critic.
Nieman Reports
January 8, 2013, 5am PST
The uncompromising writer, who pioneered the position of full-time architecture critic at an American newspaper, and exemplified the pinnacle of the profession for five decades, died on Monday.
The New York Times
April 10, 2012, 8am PDT
As architecture and design observers bemoan what recent job moves mean for the future of mainstream architectural criticism, Vanessa Quirk sees reason to be optimistic.
March 10, 2012, 7am PST
Matt Chaban explores the divided opinions on the work of the fairly new architecture critic for <em>The New York Times</em>, Michael Kimmelman, who some complain isn't writing enough about Architecture.
The New York Observer
March 4, 2012, 1pm PST
A distinguished panel of architectural critics gathered this past week at the Center for Architecture, in New York, to discuss “Architectural Criticism Today.” Julie V. Iovine presents some choice excerpts from the two-hour conversation.
The Architect's Newspaper
February 5, 2012, 7am PST
Norman Weinstein reviews Alexandra Lange's new book on "Writing About Architecture", and finds a miraculous achievement.
November 11, 2011, 12pm PST
Norman Weinstein reviews Sorkin's new book <em>All Over the Map</em>. Sorkin, he says, is at his best when exposing the injustices of architecture.
March 12, 2010, 10am PST
In response to a recent piece criticizing architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff, <em>Places Journal</em> Editor Nancy Levinson extends the criticism to the entire field, questioning whether its global scope is realistic.
Places Journal
March 7, 2010, 5am PST
This piece from <em>Design Observer</em> takes a pointed and critical look at the work of <em>New York Times</em> architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff and finds much to be desired in his work.
Design Observer