How does one define “good” architectural criticism? This week on Burning Down the House, Curtis B. Wayne and frequent guest Duo Dickinson are talking with Alexandra Lange, Professor of Design Criticism at the School of Visual Arts and NYU. Why is criticism so often either ‘dumbed-down’ or ‘elitist’? Tune in to hear Curtis, Duo, and Alexandra discuss particular critiques, and what types of criticism take into account functionality and visual appearance. Later, the conversation shifts to criticism in the press, and why opinion pieces are relegated to the Internet. Is criticism of a building necessarily an endorsement of the structure? Find out on this episode of Burning Down the House! This program has been sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

“To write about a project is an endorsement of its importance, but not necessarily of its quality.” [55:45] — Alexandra Lange on Burning Down the House