Founding Mother: Mariana Van Rensselaer and the Rise of Criticism
Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer, though little known today, was not only a leading architecture critic of her day but also one of the pioneers of the field in the late 19th century. Here Alexandra Lange analyzes her writings and her influence. As she writes, "Mariana Van Rensselaer worked out the ground rules of the fledgling profession, struggling to be a critic of greater conscientiousness, while calling upon her players — architects, clients, public — to do their jobs properly."
Patterns of Houston
Who is the best architecture critic of suburbia? Of no zoning? Do we have to patch together a new kind of criticism out of typologies of parking lots, Mike Davis on surveillance, a close reading of neighborhood covenants? Yes and no. First you have to look for the patterns.
Why Bernadette Fox Is Scary
Angry, cut-off, not working, two houses on her resume. I started off Maria Semple's novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette
thinking its heroine was a terrible vision of the female architect. But I ended up thinking Bernadette was indeed crazy like a fox. Is it only in novels that women architects can play by their own rules, and win?