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In fall 2020, the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab sponsored a six-episode series titled Whither Criticism? to question the state of architecture criticism today, and to ask how the field needs to adapt to address the major crises of our time.

Hosts David Rifkind (Architecture) and Dan Evans (Journalism + Media) welcomed some of the leading architecture critics of our time for a frank and illuminating discussion.

 

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  • Whither Criticism?

     

    Episode 1: Kate Wagner, founder of McMansionHell.com and critic for the New Republic, joined hosts David Rifkind and Dan Evans on September 16, 2020.

    Episode 2: Lee Bey, author, photographer, and former Chicago Sun-Times architectural critic, joined hosts David Rifkind and Dan Evans on September 23, 2020.

    Episode 3: Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles and former critic for the Los Angeles Times, joined hosts David Rifkind and Dan Evans on September 30, 2020.

    Episode 4: Mimi Zeiger, Los Angeles-based critic, educator, and curator, joined hosts David Rifkind and Dan Evans on October 7, 2020.

    Episode 5: Inga Saffron, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer, joined hosts David Rifkind and Dan Evans on October 14, 2020.

    Episode 6: Alastair Gordon, former architecture critic for the Miami Herald, joined hosts David Rifkind and Dan Evans on October 21, 2020.