There was a good interview with Michael Kimmelman, the new Architecture critic at the New York Times, published in Architectural Record’s May issue. I believe this quote best sums up why it is very important that he is now a vocal and public part of the discussion:
It’s not so much whether I’m writing about a building, it’s a question of how—whether it’s embedded within other issues or whether it’s about the craft, the formal qualities, how it fits in relation to other buildings being made now, and within the career of the architect or architects who designed it. I believe all of those are extremely important issues. I spent 20 years as an art critic writing about sculpture and artists—I get it. And to talk about a building as if it were a sculpture is a legitimate way of seeing it but is also an impoverishment of the various things that have gone into thinking about that building and to the life of the building and the people who use it. I think it is a disservice to readers.
Have a read through his work with the New York Times here: Art and Architecture Archive, and here Abroad Archive. Make sure to read one of my favorite articles of his, “Pleasures of Life in the Slow Lane.”
“[Bike lanes should be promoted] for their aesthetic possibilities…for users they offer a different way of taking in the city, its streets and architecture, the fine-grained fabric of its neighborhoods.”