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While not well received by all, Mike Davis’s City of Quartz from 1990 is still a significant book on Los Angeles urbanism. Essays like his text “Fortress L.A.,” served as an “often strident reality check, an examination of the ways … Continue reading

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What About Landscape Architecture Criticism?

Speaking of Michael Kimmelman’s new job at the New York Times—what subjects should architecture critics cover? In the Huffington Post, Charles Birnbaum, President of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, calls for better landscape architecture criticism. There’s good news and bad news … Continue reading

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Kimmelman to Replace Ouroussoff

Michael Kimmelman’s name had been floating around as a possible Ouroussoff replacement for a few weeks, but his appointment was finally made official a few days ago. While Kimmelman has primarily served as an art critic at the paper, he … Continue reading

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Success Story

It’s not often that we take a closer look at the places we inhabit and use often, even though there could be the potential for some valuable architectural lessons. Why are certain buildings successful? Why are others less so? In … Continue reading

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Community Benefits

A few weeks ago, I discussed the value of small-scale architecture. In the Wall Street Journal, Julie Iovine described the community benefits of Toshiko Mori’s new Poe Park Visitor Center in the Bronx, while mentioning the center’s $3.8M price tag … Continue reading

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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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