Posts Tagged: media

Criticism 2.0, or Nobody Likes a Critic when Everyone’s a Critic

[This text originated as a talk at the CICA Critical Juncture symposium session “Architectural Criticism Now” in February 2014 at the Architectural Association in London, and was subsequently published in Louise Noelle and Sara Topelson de Grinberg, eds. Critical Juncture: Joseph Rykwert’s Royal

Criticism 2.0, or Nobody Likes a Critic when Everyone’s a Critic

[This text originated as a talk at the CICA Critical Juncture symposium session “Architectural Criticism Now” in February 2014 at the Architectural Association in London, and was subsequently published in Louise Noelle and Sara Topelson de Grinberg, eds. Critical Juncture: Joseph Rykwert’s Royal

Reality Check: Spain

[Text originally published in Mark Magazine #50] Revisiting architecture is always a good thing to do, especially when the work is risqué and experimental, and especially when times are a-changin’, as they are in places like Spain. For nowhere has

Reality Check: Spain

[Text originally published in Mark Magazine #50] Revisiting architecture is always a good thing to do, especially when the work is risqué and experimental, and especially when times are a-changin’, as they are in places like Spain. For nowhere has

Spanish Steps

[Originally published in Azure, Nov/Dec 2013] One thing becomes immediately apparent when approaching MediaLab-Prado. There is no confusing old with new. The architectural contrast of La Serrería Belga (the Belgian Sawmill) – among the first buildings in Madrid constructed from reinforced concrete –

Spanish Steps

[Originally published in Azure, Nov/Dec 2013] One thing becomes immediately apparent when approaching MediaLab-Prado. There is no confusing old with new. The architectural contrast of La Serrería Belga (the Belgian Sawmill) – among the first buildings in Madrid constructed from reinforced concrete –

How Much Does Your Conscience Weigh, Mr. Koolhaas?

Screen capture of BBC report Mr. Koolhaas, you designed a daring and ambitious building for CCTV, China’s state-controlled television broadcaster. But it is from this building that supposed “confessions” by imprisoned Chinese journalists are being broadcast these days. What do

How Much Does Your Conscience Weigh, Mr. Koolhaas?

Screen capture of BBC report Mr. Koolhaas, you designed a daring and ambitious building for CCTV, China’s state-controlled television broadcaster. But it is from this building that supposed “confessions” by imprisoned Chinese journalists are being broadcast these days. What do

Ill-Fitting: The Balenciaga Museum

[a shorter version of this text was originally published in Disegno #1] The Balenciaga Museum: a refurbished 19th-century palace onto which a vast new glass shed has been added. The canted, curving sea-facing glass facade of the addition is punctuated by

Ill-Fitting: The Balenciaga Museum

[a shorter version of this text was originally published in Disegno #1] The Balenciaga Museum: a refurbished 19th-century palace onto which a vast new glass shed has been added. The canted, curving sea-facing glass facade of the addition is punctuated by

Paragraphs on Architectural Criticism

Architectural criticism is what distinguishes architecture from building, inasmuch as those two terms are distinguishable. Buildings exist perfectly well without criticism, but architecture cannot not exist without it. Architecture is never logically or self-evidently right or wrong; only arguably better or

Paragraphs on Architectural Criticism

Architectural criticism is what distinguishes architecture from building, inasmuch as those two terms are distinguishable. Buildings exist perfectly well without criticism, but architecture cannot not exist without it. Architecture is never logically or self-evidently right or wrong; only arguably better or