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Editorial - Peer-reviewed, 2018

The vicissitudes of criticism in the landscape metropolis

Diedrich, Lisa Babette; de Wit, Saskia; Avermaete, Tom


In the field of the arts, criticism often plays a key role in situating artistic production and instigating debate, but especially in propelling theory and practice. As Dave Hickey suggests “Criticism, at its most serious, tries to channel change.” However, in the domains of landscape architecture, architecture, and urban design, criticism seems to have a more distanced role from reflection and design. Besides a few notable examples, such as the influence of the critical writings of Reyner Banham and Alan Colquhoun on a generation of British architects and urban designers in the 1960s, criticism seems to hold a marginal position in these fields.


critique; critical activity; landscape architecture; architecture; urban design; design disciplines

Published in

2018, volume: 5, number: 1, pages: 3-6

Authors' information

de Wit, Saskia
Delft University of Technology
Avermaete, Tom
No organisation

Associated SLU-program

SLU Urban Futures

UKÄ Subject classification

Landscape Architecture

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