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Hating On Nicolai Ouroussoff


We link to reviews here and there by the NY Times‘ architecture critic, Nicolai Ouroussoff. While we certainly wouldn’t be corralled into a “his biggest fans” category, we definitely don’t have a huge problem with the guy and have regularly enjoyed reading his pieces. But we’re figuring that’s not always the case with everybody, as we find on the site Veritas et Venustas in “New York Times Architecture Review,” which reads as follows:

Blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah. Starchitect Ben van Berkel. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah: blah blah blah. Blah blah.Of all of them, he has so far come closest to fulfilling the dream of a truly elastic world, one in which the boundaries between work and play, private and public life have all but melted away.

You probably got the point there that they’re not so fond of Nicolai, right? And this isn’t the first time for the site either (and here). The piece is a critique of the critic, saying his main focus is talking up starchitects and blasting him for not liking organizations that work with the middle class. But really, couldn’t you offer up that critique of most architecture critics at major news outlets? They go to where the big, big stories are and the starchitects are the ones getting the big, big projects. Though we admit we don’t know Ouroussoff’s work, piece by piece, so we’re going to sit this one out and let all of you decide where to place your allegiances.

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