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January 29, 2003

Free Reads -- Philip Murphy on Herbert Muschamp

Friedrich --

On his blog The Invisible Hand, Philip Murphy has posted a blistering attack on the latest ravings of the NYTimes' architecture "critic" Herbert Muschamp. Brilliant stuff -- though I'm feeling envious, I confess; for some years I've enjoyed hating Muschamp's writing and have fantasized about taking him down. But I have to admit that Murphy, who has let fly at Muschamp with both barrels before, has claimed the franchise decisively for himself. Let's hope this posting is just part of an ongoing series.

Sample passage:

The Muschamp Seven – with the notable exception of the Peterson/Littenberg team – are all of the radically pluralist school of architecture. To them everything but the past, especially the Western past, is valid. They believe in the Hetropolis, a vast interconnected multicultural urban landscape where the oppressive strictures of gender, morality, capitalism, culture and language melt away to reveal people in their common essence.

Muschamp is disappointed that New York has taken so long to accept its role as the global Hetropolis. Instead, it has shortsightedly looked to its own vernacular tradition for cues about what to build next. Never mind that that vernacular includes some of the most beautiful buildings in the world – the Empire State, the Chrysler, Rockefeller Center – these are building that could only be in New York. Notice how Muschamp’s favorites would look more at home in Singapore or Shanghai.

The posting is readable here.



posted by Michael at January 29, 2003


Thanks for the link to that. An excellent post. As you're probably aware, ACDouglas is having a Muschamp lick-fest over at his joint. Just for an alternative viewpoint.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on February 1, 2003 11:04 AM

Hey Scott -- Isn't Murphy great? If you get a kick out of Muschamp-bashing, be sure to try out a blog I just ran across, Scourge of Modernism, here. Eager to see you take a few swings yourself -- show us how it's really done! And then maybe we can start up an anti-Muschamp webring.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on February 1, 2003 07:59 PM

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