True Architecture Critics are hard to come by.
It seems that most Architects; while eager to criticize others privately; are not so keen on criticizing them in public, lest one bites that hand that may feed them. Unfortunately, this lack of public criticism hurts the profession just as a “yes man” hurts an organization by not providing proper and necessary feedback to make the company stronger. Criticism is important to progress.
But “criticism” is not so easy to find in Architecture. For some strange reason, the more goofy or idiotic the proposal in our profession, the more praise it receives. We call it, “thinking outside the box” or “pure creativity” or any number aggrandizing terms. We delude ourselves into thinking that we are making the world a better place though our creative genius and social engineering.
I have looked towards just about every Architectural publication that I can find and I have yet to find a single critic state that any particular design – is a bunch of crap. (Of course, I would expect them to use a more polite vernacular. As a blogger, I am under no such obligation.)
So where exactly is the Critic in the Criticism of Architecture? How do we expect Architects to stop designing a bunch of crap (and to restore our reputation) if we never tell them that their work sucks?
So I’ve had enough. I begin this blog, with the intent to inform, educate and inspire Architects to get their mind out of the clouds and their head out of their – southern orifice.
Architecture is not about creating full scale art sculptures, social engineering or egocentric self-gratification. Architecture is about solving real world problems for real people. In this blog, I will cut through the garbage and give a real analysis of Architecture that has been missing for far too long.
I hope you will join me on my journey.
The Critical Architect.