Author Archives: jvdh

Should Ouroussoff Be Missed?

As we now all know, Nicolai Ouroussoff may not have been good enough. But in his ArchDaily column The Indicator, Guy Horton argues that we shouldn’t be too quick to jump for joy at the news of the critic’s departure … Continue reading

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News Alert: Ouroussoff Leaving the New York Times

According to reports from Architect’s Newspaper, Nicolai Ouroussoff has announced that he is leaving the New York Times!  It’s worth reading AN’s brief report if only for their mention of Ouroussoff submitting his own Pulitzer nomination package this year. I … Continue reading

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Criticism Needs Time

“We reviewed the newcomer as though it were a sculpture and then moved on,” says John King in his recent commentary in Architectural Record, titled, “Criticism Needs Time, as a Second Look at Thom Mayne’s San Francisco Federal Building Shows.” … Continue reading

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The Value of Small-Scale Architecture

Designs can be great regardless of scale, and bigger is not necessarily better. As Julie Iovine explains in her article on Toshiko Mori’s new Poe Park Visitor Center, “Splashy new architecture attracts a blaze of attention, but it’s the carefully … Continue reading

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A new life for the Whitney Museum

From abandoning less than ideal buildings, to building brand new homes: Justin Davidson reports on Renzo Piano’s design for the new Whitney Museum by the downtown end of the High Line. A story can’t help being controversial when it involves … Continue reading

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What is Architecture?

“Gang likens the architect to a cook, a prospector, and a nomad,“ according to a recent piece in ENR about “blooming starchitect” Jeanne Gang. A similarly creative way of describing architects has come from Bjarke Ingels, who describes his role … Continue reading

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Critics on Critics: The American Folk Art Museum

I’ve talked about architecture critics criticizing architecture critics, but this past week, we had an interesting example of cross-disciplinary criticism. It all started with the news that the American Folk Art Museum was relocating to a new smaller space near … Continue reading

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