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Message - Re: Zaha Hadid brings subtlety to Cincinnati. Not something it's used to.

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Posted by  Richard Haut on June 19, 2003 at 17:15:10:

In Reply to:  Re: Zaha Hadid brings subtlety to Cincinnati. Not something it's used to. posted by Mat on June 18, 2003 at 23:11:30:


He is an architectural critic and writer - of considerable experience.

I didn't reply originally to the posting by "Sara" of the article on Starck and Loewy because it smacked of the anti-French propaganda being whipped up in Britain.

What I find strange about these articles is that, in my experience, critics - whether of architecture or food or opera - all used to love their chosen subject. There was a real enjoyment and enthusiasm for the subject (think of a really good film critic or sports critic: total fanatics).

Architectural critics positively revelled in good design. They loved it.

My guess (and it is only a guess) is that it is Hugh Pearman who himself has slightly lost touch with that enthusiasm. I would recommend him to read a book from many years ago written by that great American writer, John Steinbeck, when Steinbeck felt that he had lost touch with the very people that he wrote about: it is called "Travels with Charley". Read it and follow the example.

 
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