Critical Futures #2

A debate on the future of architecture criticism organised by Domus at the Design Library in Milan, Tuesday February 8 at 7 pm.

Tuesday 8 February 2011, 7 p.m.
Design Library
Via Savona 11, Milano
Free entrance

Over the past decade, epochal transformations have profoundly reshaped the context within which architecture is conceived and debated. The Internet has made images and information free and instantly ubiquitous; magazines, once the undisputed platforms for the criticism of architecture and design, have been challenged to redefine their purpose and economic model in the light of dwindling readerships; blogs have given a global audience, potentially of millions, to anyone with an Internet connection. In all of this, architecture criticism in the traditional sense appears to have all but vanished - not only from the Internet but from magazines themselves. As Peter Kelly, editor of Blueprint, wrote in a recent editorial, "As traditional publishing media and institutions become less influential, one wonders where architects can go to find informed, intelligent criticism of their work".

How will the practice of architecture in Italy, a country whose architectural history is inextricably linked to that of its great magazines, evolve in response to the proliferation of open, autonomous and free networks of online debate? Are architects today really in search of "informed, intelligent criticism" of their work, or is the architecture critic to be considered instead an anachronism? Is, as Kelly writes, a more realistic and rigorous approach to architectural criticism online urgently needed? In the second of a three-part series of debates on the future of architecture criticism organized by Domus in London, Milan and New York to celebrate the launch of its new website, this discussion will bring together writers, editors, bloggers and theorists active in the field today to address these and other questions.

The event will be followed by complimentary drinks and music organised by domus.

Streaming live at www.domusweb.it

Participants:
Salvatore d'Agostino – blogger atWilfing Architettura
Rossella Ferorelli – blogger e fondatrice Network italiano blog d'architettura
Fabrizio Gallanti – abitare.it
Marco de Michelis – critic
Elisa Poli – ricercatrice
Luca Molinari, critic and curator
Luca Diffuse, architect and blogger
Moderated by Joseph Grima – Domus

Tuesday, February 8 2011, 7 p.m.
Design Library
Via Savona 11, Milan
Free entrance

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