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Critical Juncture, part III: what next?

So where does it go from here? What new roads does Joseph Rykwert’s work open up for the future? That was the central question of a Rykwert symposium held at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Saturday 22 February, as

Critical Juncture, part III: what next?

So where does it go from here? What new roads does Joseph Rykwert’s work open up for the future? That was the central question of a Rykwert symposium held at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Saturday 22 February, as

Critical Juncture, part II: architectural criticism now

Yesterday I wrote about Michael Sorkin’s lecture at the Architectural Association, an extremely quotable call for responsible design and criticism. Today I will fill you in on the other lectures given that afternoon, by Rowan Moore, Danny Wicaksono, and Rafael

Critical Juncture, part II: architectural criticism now

Yesterday I wrote about Michael Sorkin’s lecture at the Architectural Association, an extremely quotable call for responsible design and criticism. Today I will fill you in on the other lectures given that afternoon, by Rowan Moore, Danny Wicaksono, and Rafael

Critical Juncture, part I: Michael Sorkin

On February 25 of this year, Joseph Rykwert was awarded the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Since his book on the primitive hut is a key text in my research – as you may know

Critical Juncture, part I: Michael Sorkin

On February 25 of this year, Joseph Rykwert was awarded the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Since his book on the primitive hut is a key text in my research – as you may know

The architectural historian between Indiana Jones and Gandalf

The Royal Institute of British Architects decided last year September to award 2014’s Royal Gold Medal to Joseph Rykwert, who inspired generations of architects with a series of –in the words of Susan Sontag – ‘gloriously erudite and ingeniously speculative’

The architectural historian between Indiana Jones and Gandalf

The Royal Institute of British Architects decided last year September to award 2014’s Royal Gold Medal to Joseph Rykwert, who inspired generations of architects with a series of –in the words of Susan Sontag – ‘gloriously erudite and ingeniously speculative’

Talking Vitruvius in Berlin

Last week Maarten and I attended a most interesting conference on Vitruvius, organized by Serafina Cuomo (Birkbeck college, London) and Marco Formisano (Universiteit Gent/Humboldt Universität Berlin). It brought together scholars from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines, which made for

Talking Vitruvius in Berlin

Last week Maarten and I attended a most interesting conference on Vitruvius, organized by Serafina Cuomo (Birkbeck college, London) and Marco Formisano (Universiteit Gent/Humboldt Universität Berlin). It brought together scholars from a range of different backgrounds and disciplines, which made for

Full text online: twelve invaluable digital repositories

As every scholar and university student knows, or should know, not all online content is of academic value. That said: there is a lot of very useful material stored on the internet, if you know where to look. From the

Full text online: twelve invaluable digital repositories

As every scholar and university student knows, or should know, not all online content is of academic value. That said: there is a lot of very useful material stored on the internet, if you know where to look. From the

Henri Labrouste: exhibition + catalogue + conference

On 11 October opened in the Cité de l’Architecture in Paris the exhibition ‘Henri Labrouste (1801-1875): La structure mise en lumière’. I helped the curators, Corinne Bélier, Barry Bergdoll and Marc le Coeur, with the selection of material on Dutch

Henri Labrouste: exhibition + catalogue + conference

On 11 October opened in the Cité de l’Architecture in Paris the exhibition ‘Henri Labrouste (1801-1875): La structure mise en lumière’. I helped the curators, Corinne Bélier, Barry Bergdoll and Marc le Coeur, with the selection of material on Dutch