So what will be Ouroussoff’s legacy? Love it or hate it, the old model of architecture criticism is on the far end of decline, and Ouroussoff, as the voice of the New York Times, has been one of the most powerful critics left in wide circulation. He favors starchitects (as did his predecessor, so, par for the course?), has namechecked Carrie Bradshaw and Bambi, wrote an interesting and underrated series on contemporary architecture in the Middle East, and has of late relied a bit too much on the words “luxury” and “nostalgia.”
Now we rank some of his bon mots on a scale of Agree to Disagree.