In tribute to Herbert Muschamp, the architecture critic for The New York Times, one of the most outspoken and influential voices in architectural. Agents provocateurs have a dismal survival rate at the culturally conservative New York Times, but for 12 years, starting in , architecture critic Herbert. Like the man himself, Hearts of the City: The Selected Writings of Herbert Muschamp (Knopf, $50) is going to offend a lot of people. The book is nearly .

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Great parody, sweet tribute. Retrieved from ” https: These words and phrases — “quirky”; “self-indulgent”; “left”; “stepped down” — are euphemisms; and they have been repeated over and over and over these last three years as mantras of self-absolution from an architecture and design community that smelled Muschamp’s blood early and after that regarded him very little, for the most part, except to watch him twist in the wind or give his dangling body an extra spin.

Herbert said what he thought, and seemingly unfettered by the overarching, overlooking, over-the-shoulder antics of the so called giants, who where they to stab him in the back as he smacked the keyboard.

Has anyone else stirred up so much heated passion about cold bricks?

Herbert Muschamp

And he never let up. University of PennsylvaniaParsons School of Design.

There needs to be an underlying belief system at work, because that is the only thing that gives a critic longevity. Someone passed on his response, something like, wasn’t he the only one who was truly qualified to write Herbert Muschamp parodies?

Freud was often lurking in the background of his prose.

Black and white pictures of pouty young people. As a self-defined outsider, a gay man, and as someone far more articulate and widely-read than most anyone he encountered, he believed deeply in the saving power of architectural space. A book collection of Muschamp’s writings, Hearts of the City: That was just the cover story. After I moved to New York I trusted his opinions even when his acerbic comments cut very close to home.


Ironically, these accumulated fragments amount to less copy than his review of the Bilbao Guggenheim. When he stepped down five years ago, many in the architecture and design community expressed relief.

One of his most often quoted lines came from a review: I heard Muschamp had seen it. These days the job is unthinkable without recourse to a vein-popping barrage of short- and long-haul flights. That generation is suspicious of their power, their dominance of international competitions, their forms, their personas and their antics.

Muschamp seemed as interested in the ideas that pushed architecture forward as he was in the successes and failures of buildings themselves. He later attended Parsons School of Design, where he studied architecture, and returned to teach after spending some time studying at the Architectural Association in London.

John Beyer, whose exposed torso would be unpleasant for even the most adventuresome New Yorker to contemplate, must hernert the blame for hefbert catastrophic failure. Born in PhiladelphiaMuschamp described his childhood home life as follows: It was fun to write.

By accepting or closing this banner you agree to the use of cookies. Archived at the Wayback Machine. Not to mark the changing of the guard. Inspiring piece I must say! Tera, Esla y Orbigo, Barcelona, What they give form to is a new phase in city making governed by the expression of unrepressed urges, by the creative power of the subconscious.

Is a little daring, a little excitement, a little sexiness too much to ask for on this sacred site? For Muschamp had changed the way we think about buildings, and about cities, and about places, by introducing a new focus on the way we feel about them.

After 10 years. In tribute to Herbert Muschamp, architecture critic for The New York Times

Muschamp’s views were both ahead of their time. Where Muschamp was a true believer, indeed a proselytiser, subsequent critics merely rolled over in the hopes of getting a tummy rub from herbeet starchitects. This motivated Muschamp to engage in boisterous conversations outside the home in later years, particularly in the company of such up-and-coming architects as Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo ScofidioFrank GehryRem KoolhaasJean NouvelBernard Tschumi and Tod Williamswhich formed the basis for his perceptive and often vehement architectural commentary and criticism.


Muschamp was a lover of cities.

Hearts of the City by Herbert Muschamp — Justin McGuirk

Writing with the same gratuitous dispassion that characterized Landman’s remarks inOuroussoff — whose own critical and writerly powers hold not a candle to Muschamp’s — dismissed Muschamp’s writing as “quirky” and “self-indulgent. During his controversial tenure at the Times, Muschamp rose, according to Nicolai Ouroussoff, to preeminence as the nation’s foremost judge of the architecture world.

To many, his musxhamp were inflammatory, even dangerous to architecture.

The New York Times, 18 de Abril de Fotograma, Herbert Muschamp entrevistado en el programa de Charlie Rose. The innovative narrative technique developed by Muzchamp Nabokov for his novel Pale Fire—essentially a single epic poem with footnotes and commentary—anticipated hypertext, the internet, and the interconnected world of blogs. He also paid close attention to architects who were recognized for their theoretical writings. He also served as director of the graduate program in architecture and design criticism at the Parsons School of Design from to, a role that must have satisfied his desire muschaamp impress moldable intellects but hardly indulged his talent for the kind of performance writing that became his hallmark.

Muschamp has a consistent but quirky take on his herbrt friends and it is worth remembering that they were by now his friends, hence the accusations of cronyism.