We're pleased as punch to announce that as of this week, design critic Alexandra Lange is joining Curbed to write a monthly architecture column. Combining the street-friendly perspective of Ada Louise Huxtable with the critical commentary of peers like Justin Davidson and Michael Kimmelman, Lange has crafted a freelance career that combines deep research with an incisive viewpoint on all things design. "Curbed has always practiced a form of architecture criticism," Lange says, pointing out recurring features like Rendering vs. Reality and the sites' aptitude in coining nicknames "for the latest mountains, blots and ripples to descend upon our cities."
"I think I share that irreverence but add context, experience, and the dorky-but-necessary dream that architecture can make cities better for everyone," she says. "Architecture criticism has already outgrown the old model of one city-one newspaper-one critic, and I look forward to exploring what being a critic for the floating digital world can mean."
Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic whose essays, reviews, and features have appeared in Architect, Domus, Dwell, Metropolis, New York Magazine, the New Yorker blog, and the New York Times and T magazine. She taught architecture criticism in the Design Criticism Program at the School of Visual Arts and the Urban Design & Architecture Studies Program at New York University. During academic year 2013–2014 she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Lange is the author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), a primer on how to read and write architecture criticism, as well as the e-book The Dot-Com City: Silicon Valley Urbanism (Strelka Press, 2012), which considers the message of the physical spaces of Facebook, Google, and Apple. She has long been interested in the creation of domestic life, a theme running through Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes (Chronicle Books, 2010), which she co-authored with Jane Thompson, as well as her contributions to Formica Forever (Metropolis Books, 2013) and Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future (Yale University Press, 2006).
Last but not least, she's appeared on Curbed, with a contribution to a feature chronicling critics' first apartments in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @LangeAlexandra, and stay tuned for Lange's first column appearing right here on Thursday, April 23.
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