Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Architectural Criticism Translated


This comic was inspired in part by this great Opinionator column on architecture writing by Allison Arieff. As always, you can order a print at my poster shop. I sketched these strange and wonderful buildings on a spring afternoon in downtown Denver, Colorado. All four structures - the Denver Public Library, the old and new wings of the Denver Art Museum, and the new Clyfford Still Museum - sit within a convenient two-block radius. 

I consulted an architect (my twin brother Gavin) to check this comic for accuracy. After complaining that I should have drawn the third panel in an axonometric view, he assured me that the readings for his undergraduate architectural theory course were miserable - though the writing of Gio Ponti, who designed the building in the second panel, was actually pretty good.



5 comments:

Samuel John Lima said...

This is great! I don't know about the second one, though. Neoclassical architecture doesn't have crenelations, and definitely doesn't have random fenestration. The picture looks more like a medieval fortress.

Grant said...

Samuel: I think you're right, but the word "neoclassical" is just to good to pass up.

Greasemonkey said...

Nice architectural drawings. Kudos.

Ralph E. Vaughan said...

With some architecture, however, you're just at a loss for words...except for the obvious: "What was the architect thinking? Or does CAD not go well with two bottles of vodka?"

Maia Dobson said...

This comic about architectural criticism is so hilarious! It rings true specially for those who don't know how to appreciate art. I saw a pretty unconventional new home for sale a week ago and I heard my brother making a funny comment about it.