On Criticism

Alexandra Lange over at the Design Observer blog has written a really worthwhile little post about the state of architectural criticism, titled, “Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough.” As someone who writes about architecture, I’ve often wondered about the tenor and tone of what I write. I’ve often wondered why, whenever somebody brings up architecture in daily conversation with non-architects, people are so afraid of offering an opinion on architecture, whereas they’re quick to make pronouncements on movies, music, or books. Lange emphatically argues for passion and emotion in criticism and writing (tempered with experience and a rooted sense of place), and it’s great to read an pointed opinion on the role of architectural criticism. It’s more to think about, talk about, and discuss. It’s an idea. I love ideas.

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