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No Mo PoMo! Let’s Argue About Architecture

Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, photo by Brian Reading

Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston, photo by Brian Reading

Although the eventbrite.com site says that all 6 times for the free “PoMo Houston Bus Tour” are sold out, keep an eye out for cancellations, or keep in touch with friends who snagged a spot. Andy Campbell, MFAH Core fellow Critic-in-Residence, has organized the event:

Beginning at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston—this 90 minute bus tour, conceived by Core fellow Critic-in-Residence Andy Campbell, will visit several sites important to Houston’s postmodernist building boom. Along the way participants will explore, document, and reflect on Houston’s urban development, and it’s [sic] gendered and racialized politics. Dominated by a developer-centric culture that privileges what former Rice University Dean of Architecture Lars Lerup dubbed “oil thinking,” this tour considers the continuing relationships between architects, developers, and audiences.

To get a sense of Campbell’s relentlessly inclusive politics, read his reaction to Michael Bise’s recent Glasstire piece, “Snake Oil: Taraneh Fazeli, Critical Writing Fellow, Core Program.” He states, “I’m usually loathe to comment publicly on other critics’ writings,” but his comment is as long as the original article. We bet he’s got a lot to say about the politics of Houston’s postmodern architecture.

also by Paula Newton
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