9 November 2006

No Zaha, Go Garage



Just came by this very interesting posting by Geoff Manaugh for BLDG BLOG, concerning the state of architectural criticism.

On the pains of writing for important architectural magazines, he says:
“You want to talk about a videogame, or a Tim Burton film, or castles as described in the books of J.K. Rowling – but nope: it’s all Zaha, all the time.”

And on what architectural criticism should be all about:
“If a critic can get people to realize that the everyday architectural world of garages and malls … is worthy of architectural analysis – and that architecture is even exciting to discuss – then maybe the trade journals can get some of their subscribers back.”

These are sound words on our wavelength. Bring out the sheds!