Thursday, March 24, 2011

Today's archidose #483

2011-03-11 at 12-46-54, originally uploaded by j08433.
Torre Telefonica in Barcelona, Spain by Enric Massip (EMBA), 2011. See more information at Architizer.

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  1. Hello, I have thirty years experience with historic restoration projects and am starting a blog on issues relating to historic wood windows. If you are interested in sharing a link please leave a comment. thanks.

  2. I see a kind of copy of Toyo Ito... just an idea.

  3. Architectural criticism has not vanished; it was never a large culture to start with. Richard Kelly and the Illumination of Modern Architecture is a form of criticism, the other two lectures, not as much. ("Paper Palaces, the Rise of the Renaissance Architectural Treatise" (Hart and Hicks, Yale Press 1998, covers early architectural criticism)
    I generally agree the greater the architectural conversation the better. The internet can only broaden knowledge of the built environment. For the most part Americans generally have little education in the area of the built environment unless they specialize in architecture or some other art. Even many engineers, who can make something stand up, have no idea of how to build a good city or an artful building.
    I think a definition of criticism is harder. Criticism by definition must mean an analysis. The possibilities are endless. Architecture and its forms have relationships with the city, with transport, with adjacent buildings, as well as building characteristics on the individual level, including light (as Kelly above), color, space all confusing the goals of the criticism.
    To quote from your link to Ms Farrelly (she is speaking about homelessness and Tony Clark’s design for a backpack bed). “Never mind that sprawl, with its mammoth hidden infrastructure subsidies, is the most expensive form of housing known to man. Never mind that suburbia is not the solution but the problem.”
    Clearly she speaks to a social aspect of architecture. It is another area of criticism to consider.
    The subject of architecture is finite, but broad. The definition probably looks the same.

  4. I've been reading Farrelly at your link and came across her view of criticism in an article about Gehry and a new building for Sydney.
    To quote
    "We are all critics. We all use, pay for, live in, walk around, drive past, smell and feel the buildings that comprise our city. Add thinking, and you have criticism."
    and then
    "So, how to tell a great building?

    This is criticism's role. Critiquing a building involves measuring it against three sets of criteria. First, does it fulfil its own intentions? Second, are these intentions valid? Third, does it synthesise these with the demands of structure, economy, use and context to form a single, coherent creation? Does it do the magic? This is resolution."

  5. GMichaud - Good points. Interesting that you found a Farrelly quote that addresses the definition of criticism. As I wrote the post I was thinking back to "Blubberland," a good collection of her articles on suburbia. Recommended.

    Note: I copied your comments to the correct post.


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