Rybczynski on Architecture Magazines: Sighing, Followed By Disappointment

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Slate’s Witold Rybczynski had an interesting piece up late yesterday on the site, “The Glossies: The Decline of Architecture Magazines.” As the title suggests, it’s a nice lament about the passing of so many great magazines about that world, like losing Architecture last month. He then goes on into a kind of review about the bran new Architect which he’s hopeful for, but not necessarily impressed with thus far:

I don’t know about community, but if Cramer can illuminate the technical and creative process by which buildings are produced, then more power to him. Judging from the premiere issue, he has a way to go. There is an interesting article on Bruce Mau’s redesign of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Web site, shedding light on how an internationally oriented firm presents itself to potential clients, the media, and its own employees. On the other hand, a report on American building construction in the next quarter-century merely reveals that the bulk of it will take place in the West and South-hardly news.