“Fall Season” of architecture is here, apparentlyShare
Please thank the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and New York Times for announcing the arrival of architecture’s “Fall Season.” Architects, developers, and construction companies instinctively gird their loins when they sense September’s arrival - not because they have the faintest idea of why a heightened sense of vulnerability is warranted, but because editors and their ilk see fit to apply a tidy calendar schedule to the decidedly untidy goings-on of the design industry. Doing so enables them to compose reflections and critiques on projects that have already been completed but were for some reason unfit for discussion or review months earlier.
Unfortunately, and perhaps not surprisingly, each of the above publications frame their seasonal musings in a post-recession context, which would be defensible if (1) it wasn’t so obvious or (2) actually preceded insightful thoughts.
So far, we are 0 for 2. Insights thus far have been limited to rehashing the boring debate of whether the era of big-budgets and vanity projects is kaput (just so you know, as long as civilization survives the recession, big-budgets will return as soon as the economic cycle swings the other way). Only recently-prolific Nicolai Ouroussoff has been consistently original/thought-provoking, notwithstanding his latest article, which I suspect was written at his editor’s behest.
Stay tuned for StructureHub’s Fall Preview!
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