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  • Series: Architecture Briefs
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; paperback / softback edition (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890537
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Writing About Architecture, Lange recognizes the stakes inherent in the act of describing place. While she certainly is pushing writers, readers and her students to aim for clarity in criticism, Lange goes much further, arguing that architecture critics be invested intellectually and emotionally in the world that surrounds them. The iconic critics Lange celebrates enliven the spaces they write about - whether they love them or hate them. They notice things. They're steeped in history, in context and provenance. They take their time. They make the reader want to experience the spaces described." --- Allison Arieff, The New York Times

"Nothing short of miraculous.... Lange's book goes into the "nuts-and bolts" level of wordsmithing architectural experiences with a poetic lyricism and technical precision as no book before it. Use it often and you'll never think of the word "critic" pejoratively again." ---ArchNewsNow

"Lange analyzes her key texts with great care and perceptiveness, and happily she is wide ranging in her taste... She understands that the purpose of writing about architecture is to build a constituency for better design, to help people see, to help them feel more agency over the built environment-and to help them take joy in architecture's great moments. She's good at doing that herself, and this book will help others do it, too." --- Paul Goldberger, The Architect's Newspaper

"It's not only a delight to read - Jacobs' vivid 1961 description of the everyday ballet on Manhattan's Hudson Street alone is worth the $24.95 price of admission - but an instructive treatise on how great criticisms come to be." -- Architects + Artisans

About the Author

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, journalist, and historian. Her work has appeared in The Architect's Newspaper, Design Observer, Dwell, Icon, Metropolis, New York Magazine, and The New York Times, and she teaches architecture criticism at NYU and the School of Visual Arts. She blogs in the Observers Room at Design Observer weekly, and is also active on Twitter (@langealexandra) and Tumblr (abitlate.tumblr.com).

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Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, journalist and historian. Her work has appeared in The Architect's Newspaper, Design Observer, Metropolis, New York Magazine and The New York Times, and she teaches architecture criticism at New York University and the School of Visual Arts.

She blogs weekly at www.designobserver.com about design in the real world, and can be found on Twitter @LangeAlexandra.

She is co-author, with Jane Thompson, of "Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living to American Homes" (Chronicle, 2010) and sole author of "Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities" (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012).

She contributed several essays to "Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future" (Yale University Press, 2006), and her PhD dissertation, "There's No Place Like Work," discussed the integration of modern architecture, design and landscape at CBS, Connecticut General, Deere & Co. and IBM in the 1950s and 1960s.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Candida on April 4, 2012
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An excellent textbook comparing well known architectural critics (Huxtable, Mumford, Muschamp, Jacobs etc) with each other by looking at their different approaches, themes styles etc. I am a layman and got a lot out of it. It is extraordinarily well written, clear and concise.
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A diverse selection of previously published articles by some of the nation's foremost critics accompanied by thematic essays compel readers to think about architecture and its impact on communities more deeply. The book assembles, deconstructs, analyzes, and explains in a manner that encourages readers not only to look at buildings and landscapes more critically but to write about them in order to create better communities.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By italiana#1 on March 13, 2013
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This is a very good book I would recommend to all architecture students... and to some professionals as well!!! Digital copy is a must have!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andj on May 1, 2012
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I expected it to be a different format, but it still seems informative to have the critical essay, and then an elaboration of the view point that the exemplified critical essay covered.
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