332 pages | Criticat; First edition (May 25, 2016)
Criticat is an independent journal of architectural criticism published twice annually. Based in Paris, it was founded in 2007 by a group of architects, historians, and critics on a simple premise: that informed and daring criticism could bring architecture back into everyday public discourse. Twenty-three exemplary articles have been selected from the journal’s first ten issues, and appear here in English for the first time. Individual investigations – written in direct and engaging language – tackle subjects from around the globe: projects by Frank Gehry and Jürgen Mayer H are subjected to unvarnished examination; the debate over high-rise buildings in Paris is described through its politics; the purity of New Zealand’s landscape is exposed as an ecological myth; New York’s High Line is explained as a real estate phenomenon; competition juries in Tehran are unveiled; and Las Vegas is seen as a mirror of the financial crisis. Also included are: a photo essay on Metz in the shadow of Shigeru Ban’s recent Centre Pompidou museum; newly-discovered portraits of Rudolph Schindler by Edward Weston; and a spatial reconstruction of Freud’s consultation room in Vienna.Sharp and insightful, the writings in Yours Critically will appeal to anyone curious about how our built environment reflects and informs the forces – social, political, economic, cultural – shaping our world today.