Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Michael Kimmelman Hazed

"An effective architecture critic is not a messenger from the occult, sometimes cultish, world of parametric modeling, interstitial planning, void filling, and impenetrable whatevers. But the critic does need to understand that stuff in order to better explain how architecture not only shapes the city but manifests our values, identity and legacy as a culture.”
Architecture folks are still worried about an art guy taking over the Times architecture slot. Yeah, what's next: a metro reporter doing op-ed? A culture editor taking over the restaurant reviews? Chaos!

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Art Yucko (#1,321)

Don't ever trust one of them "I Like Art" type guys.

propertius (#361)

Follow my recipe for dealing with the NYT and have no worries about this.

1. Reserve the first two sections.
2. Toss the rest, into the recycling, of course.
3. Cut the editorials and op-ed out the first section, and toss with the sections in (2).

You should now have something worth reading in hand, while the recycling holds the ingredients for a new serving.

Smitros (#5,315)

What about a food writer doing op-ed?

C_Webb (#855)

I think Daphne Merkin should write "Modern Love" AND "Lives" Every. Single. Week.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

I actually agree with Lange and Iovine. I find that a larger percentage of Art writers get starfuckery when they write about architecture… too easily deferential to the way architects throw their intellectual bag of tricks around, too easily impressed by cliches that they probably haven't seen before due to lack of opening those coffee table books often enough.

C_Webb (#855)

@Art Yucko I was also surprised no one mentioned the nuts-and-bolts urban planning aspect of NYC architecture — not just how it looks, but what goes where and why. Seeing how this city loves a good fight over just about any building, that would seem to be a necessary qualification. Goldberger had it; Oussaroff (sp?) didn't.

@C_Webb For my money, the best damn arch critic in town is Justin Davidson, who cares about the very issues you mention, does not get all soft for bad architects or good architects doing bad buildings, and he does not spend most of his time jet setting around the world, talking about buildings not located in the town his paper shares a masthead with.

gregorg (#30)

I guess my issue more a guy writing about NYC who basically moved to Europe.

NinetyNine (#98)

Shorter Lange: "They didn't call me."

Art Yucko (#1,321)


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