AAI Awards Critic Lecture: Catherine Slessor
Thursday 20 February @ 7pm
THE STRANGE DEATH OF ARCHITECTURAL CRITICISM
The shifting cultural and media landscape that has transfigured architectural discourse over the last two decades continues to feed on itself, but certain things are clear. Architectural criticism has become increasingly atomised through the aegis of the internet, a ‘community without propinquity’ in which images reign supreme. Within this visual and sensory assault, architecture has become increasingly meaningless, commodified and dislocated, reduced to the status of an online flick-book. We are all architecture critics now. Olympus has been stormed. Within this still evolving context, what might criticism’s role be in illuminating discourse and igniting reflection in these perilously moribund and dysfunctional times?
Catherine Slessor is an architecture editor, writer and critic. She is a former editor and contributor to The Architectural Review, as well as the Architects’ Journal. She has an MBE for her services to architectural journalism and holds an MA in Architectural History from the Bartlett School of Architecture.
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Illustration: Cover from the Architectural Review’s ‘Manplan’ series