Architecture Here and There awards its first annual Twisted Sisters prize to critics Mark Lamster of the Dallas Morning News and Alexandra Lange of Curbed for their pairing off to produce “Architecture in Review 2015: The Good, the Bad and the Potato Chips” in Curbed.
An “M.C. Escher Award” was won, for example, by UsTwo for its “isometric dream structures,” whatever they are. Art? Architecture? The Tantrum Cup was handed off by Frank “Flipper” Gehry to Jean Nouvel for his boycotting the opening of his own Paris Opera House. The Eff You Award was won by ISIS for its work in Palmyra.
I’ve been hard on Lamster, whose taste is execrable but his prose is charming, if not gracious. And I’ve not yet got around to reading Lange’s 2012 book on architecture criticism, Writing About Architecture (I intend to, really!). But they have assembled a set of 37 mock year-end architecture awards with considerable wit and verve – though being an architecture insider is a requirement to grok the wit of many prize titles (I’m not inside enough to “get” a lot of them). But the best thing is the profusion of links posted to articles, mostly depressing, about what they choose to razz or razzle.
Click it and weep.