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ARCHITECTURAL CRITICISM

Architectural criticism means the act of writing or speaking about architecture of

a building with some importance.


The points for consideration while reviewing a building are:

Aesthetics - whether the building is pleasing to the eye. Functionality - whether the building meets the needs of the client and those
who will use the building. Style includes the discussion about the form, technique and materials used.

Building materials - discussion of the choice of these and whether good or


bad.

Environment - does the building fit into its surroundings, whether those
surroundings consist of other buildings or of a natural landscape, is the building environmentally friendly (things as energy consumption, pollution, renewable materials).

Context relating the building to projects built around the same time or by the same architect.

The critic is the one who analyses these in an architectural work and assess how successful the team has been in the project. Thus these considerations should be thought over by the architect also. A critic needs both qualities interrelatedenthusiasm and judgment-judgment tempered by enthusiasm or enthusiasm the critic who does not love his field cant long last in it.

tempered by judgment. These qualities are more or less way to express love, i.e.,

Architectural Criticism brings the constituency for better architecture and design. It's true that nobody tears down a building if the architecture critic doesn't like it. But what may well happen is that the next building will be at least a little bit written, or because an energized public demanded it. different, either because the developer learned something from what has been

All of us know of the extent to which public activism on matters of design,

planning and preservation has now become part and parcel of the way things are built, of the way we construct what passes in this day and age for a public realm. But it is in the nature of architecture that it cannot be wholly an act of social criticism; it is, after all, partly a matter of creating a civilizing and comforting

environment. Challenge is essential to the making of art, and while it is also a part of the equation of architecture, so is comfort. The critic has to balance all of this, just a new-age developers' slogan; just as it is the critic's job to determine which difficult buildings yield pleasure and meaning, and which ones are merely difficult and hostile; and whether the natural imperative that places evolve and cities and towns and villages. It is the city that matters, the sense of community, the urban fabric, and critics say they try to reflect these in their writing. Architecture is a public art, and it is ever-present. It is to combine bold, and try to figure out where so-called smart growth is truly smart and where it is

change over time results in a net gain or a net loss in the quality and meaning of

innovative, astonishingly creative form-making with a deep, almost passionate

concern for emotional and even physical comfort. The key lesson of architecture at the beginning of the 21st century is simply that it is there, more conspicuous, more central, and more essential and more a part of our culture, than it has ever been before. Criticism is the bridge to link the general public with the terms and times. vocabulary of architecture and they are motivators for better architecture all the

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