Is there a critic in the house?

Mimi Zeiger



In era of global architects and rapidly-consumed online media, what is the contemporary role of architectural criticism and the design critic? How does a critic negotiate the sometimes obscure territory of discipline-specific issues or vocabularies and bring larger awareness of design to the public and, conversely, how do contemporary social issues impact the profession? Through discussion and readings of her personal and collaborative work, Zeiger explores models of alternative writing practices, including collective, performance-based, and slow criticisms.



En la era de arquitectos globales y del consumo voraz de información en línea, ¿cuál es el rol contemporáneo de la crítica arquitectónica? ¿Cómo es que el crítico negocia en el –a veces obscuro- territorio de los problemas específicos de la disciplina, y cómo es que brinda mayor conciencia del diseño al público y, a la inversa, cómo es que los problemas sociales actuales impactan la profesión? A través de la discusión y lectura de su trabajo personal y colaborativo, Zeiger explora modelos de prácticas de escritura alternativas, que incluyen la crítica colectiva, la crítica basada en el performance, y la llamada slow-criticism.



Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based critic, editor, and curator. She has covered art, architecture, urbanism, and design for a number of publications including The New York Times, Domus, Architectural Review, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor. She is a regular opinion columnist for Dezeen and former West Coast Editor of The Architects Newspaper. Zeiger is the 2015 recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal for excellence in writing about landscape architecture. She co-curated Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City, which received the Bronze Dragon award at the 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen.

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