Towards a Theory of Failure: Architectural History and its Losers

1 Apr




Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.

Towards a Theory of Failure: Architectural History and its Losers

Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Senior Lecturer, Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

New York University Department of Art History
Silver Center, Room 301
100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)

Architectural criticism since the gothic revival of the 1840s has defined winners and losers. Some areas of design, however original or competent, have been excluded from architectural debate. That has meant that the great majority of buildings are built in styles that exist outside the world of critics and historians, with the result that the gulf between high-art and non-high-art practitioners grows ever wider. And that is without even recalling the architects who found themselves losers through ill luck or difficult behavior. This talk marks the publication in the United States of Bleak Houses: Disappointment and Failure in Architecture (The MIT Press).

Presented by the NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture and the Society of Architectural Historians – New York Metropolitan Chapter.


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