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Architectural Criticism According to Manaugh
Sarah Rich, 5 May 06

Go to BLDGBLOG and read the impassioned, ingenious essay by Geoff Manaugh. We're not going to sum it up for you here, because, well, you just need to read it.

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That's a great essay! Thanks Sarah!

Mr. Manaugh points out that it's nearly taboo for architectural critics to write about the actual built environment. But there's an even stronger taboo: you must not, under any circumstance, ever write about the actual processes followed to develop, finance, design, engineer, construct, occupy and maintain the built environment. Under carefully-controlled circumstances, we can discuss end results, but God forbid that we should ever discuss processes. The truth that our environment results from processes is verboten and must not be examined. Because, if we did, some bothersome person might question those processes, and we don't want that.


Posted by: David Foley on 6 May 06



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