Category Archives: by Linda Bleijenberg

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

The origins of architecture according to the Bible

Although recent architectural scholarship does not mention it too often, early eighteenth-century authors regularly coupled the secular, Vitruvian story of architectural origins (see this earlier blogpost for an introduction) to a biblical version. This was entirely representative of the contemporary

The origins of architecture according to the Bible

Although recent architectural scholarship does not mention it too often, early eighteenth-century authors regularly coupled the secular, Vitruvian story of architectural origins (see this earlier blogpost for an introduction) to a biblical version. This was entirely representative of the contemporary

The columnar histories of Kepler and Caramuel

As we have seen in my post on Renaissance depictions of Vitruvian origin myths, since the fifteenth century trees and columns have formed an intriguing alliance in architectural theory. In the seventeenth century however, a new dimension was added: the

The columnar histories of Kepler and Caramuel

As we have seen in my post on Renaissance depictions of Vitruvian origin myths, since the fifteenth century trees and columns have formed an intriguing alliance in architectural theory. In the seventeenth century however, a new dimension was added: the