Lange vs Ouroussoff

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Monday, March 1, 2010
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Ouroussoff of the New York Times, obsessed with curves and starchitects?

Love Nicolai Ouroussoff or hate him, Alexandra Lange’s takedown, “Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough” on Design Observer, is a highly engaging read. The design community seems to tire of its most visible critic after a few years, and Lange begins her piece by revisiting Michael Sorkin’s takedown of then Times critic Paul Goldberger from the mid 1980s. Many of us recall a similar fatigue that set in during Herbert Muschamp’s time on the job. Lange, a frequent contributor to AN‘s “Crit” column, hits Oroussoff with a three pronged attack, with sections subtitled, “He Doesn’t Seem To Live in New York City” (a jab at his globetrotting), “He’s Slippery” (on vagueness of his writing), and “He Doesn’t Care” (an accusation that he’s passionless). She is anything but passionless: “When I see a terrible building, or even just one with large, windy, unmanageable public spaces, I get mad,” she writes. The popular press could always use more voices with such informed conviction.

One Response to “Lange vs Ouroussoff”

  1. vladimir says:

    There’s an excellent post on ArchiTakes.com about what’s lacking in today’s architecture journalism. It takes Ouroussoff specifically to task for his superficial treatment (“bold architectural statement of genuine civic value” yadda yadda) of 41 Cooper Square and goes on to show what he and Architectural Record among others missed in the building: http://www.architakes.com/?p=4140

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