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Posts Tagged ‘Thomas de Monchaux’

In Which Philip Nobel Becomes the Architect, and Circle of Criticism Is Complete

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It is with much sadness that we mark the end of an era in architectural criticism. There will exist, as proof of this era, a trifecta of articles–a manifesto, if you will–heretoforth dubbed the “New Abrasiveness.” So contagious, so revolutionary, so written by a design writer astuter than we. He bashed Boston. He fucked Gehry. And this time around for Philip Nobel, it’s personal.

In this month’s Metropolis, Nobel builds a treehouse, exposing himself and his not-quite-right angles for criticism by Winterhouse award-winner Thomas de Monchaux, a nameless architect who was “appalled,” and others. The reviews, you could say, were not good:

Soon a crowd came by for a cookout. Everyone kept referring to my unique architectural response to space and place as a “lifeguard stand” (has nothing else ever been made out of white-painted 4x4s?), and some, several beers in, went so far as to swing on the delicate yet boldly cantilevered trellis, a gracious statement about infinity and the pitfalls of building with wet wood that in no way can be mistaken for monkey bars (except for the fact that I used grip-width dowels and spaced them just the right distance apart). Keen-eyed Karrie Jacobs, my beloved column colleague, came, observed, and had no comment.

Farewell, o abrasive Nobel. We’ll play in your treehouse any day.

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Winterhouse Design Writing Awards Part Deux

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It’s that time again…AIGA and Winterhouse are currently looking for the next American Idol of design writing and it just might just be you! The Winterhouse Design Writing Awards will be judged by Allison Arieff, William Drenttel, Aperture editor Melissa Harris, and Bruce Sterling. Deadline is May 31, all details here.

Besides the cash prizes, this is a great way to catapult your name even further towards global recognition. Why just look how last year’s winners fared: Katherine Feo reviews books for Eye, and Thomas de Monchaux was published on Design Observer.

A Trifecta of Triennial Reviews

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Reviews of “Design Life Now” are a lot like robot lobsters…they just keep coming

Alex Terzich at Core77 thinks the blurring of disciplines are more akin to “transversing” design now.

An ode to organicism over at Design Observer was penned by Winterhouse writing award winner Thomas de Monchaux, who seems to spout prose effortlessly.

And, for the regular folk, James Gardner at the NY Post has one very encouraging thought:

Just as there are foodies who are exasperatingly knowledgeable about the latest restaurants, so there is the new cultural phenomenon of the design type, who can rattle off the names of designers the way others can recite the lineup of the New York Mets.

Really? Where do those people hang out?