The Architecture Critic: A Survey of Architecture Critics in America

Al Paulson
August 6, 2001


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The Architecture Critic: A Survey of Architecture Critics in America,National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University
Anyone who's taken Humanities 101 knows that one of the 'lively' arts is architecture. Indeed, buildings are a fundamental part of our environment and influence nearly every aspect of our lives. But when was the last time you read an architecture critique in your favorite newspaper? Judging by a survey done by the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, it's probably been awhile. The survey's results paint a dismal picture of the country's appreciation for architecture. While papers may have several writers on staff covering music, theater, film, Television and more, there are very few fulltime architecture critics. This is particularly alarming when you consider the rapid growth occurring in our cities and outlying areas. We've all experienced the aesthetic void one can feel when standing amid a cluster of brand new glass and steel office towers. Maybe if we gave a voice to more architecture critics, we'd have more pleasing surroundings.
--Al Paulson
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