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.”
After a somewhat grim year for architecture (this.), New York Times critic Nicolai Ouroussoff is predicting a bumper year for great buildings. He mentions Zaha Hadid’s Guangshou Opera House, above [Images (c) Sharwe, via Arch Daily], and you can check out more of Ouroussoff’s picks for the year below.
Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Preston Scott Cohen, Tel Aviv, Israel. [Image via Milimet]
Red Location Museum of Struggle, Noero Wolff Architects, Cape Town, South Africa. [Image via Spatial Agency]
New World Symphony, Frank Gehry, Miami, Florida. [Image via the New York Times]