Shaping The City

Shaping The City

We talk with architect Roger Lewis about a critic's role in keeping the public informed and designers honest.

Last week, pioneering architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable passed away at age 91. Across her long career, Huxtable used her pen to deliver scathing take-downs -- she once described the Kennedy Center as "a concrete candy box and a marble sarcophagus in which the art of architecture lies buried” -- and challenge designers to rethink their work. We talk with Roger Lewis about a critic's role in keeping the public informed, designers honest and where criticism fits into the feedback loop as public projects go through from imagination to fruition.

Guests

Roger Lewis

Architect; Columnist, "Shaping the City," Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park

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