Architecture critic, Nicolai Ouroussoff, visits the “Situation of the Arts” in January

Writer and critic NICOLAI OUROUSSOFF, former head architecture critic for the New York Times, is currently at work on an overarching social history of 20th-century architecture that promises to be the first of its kind.

OUROUSSOFF will meet with BETTINA FUNCKE and students in the Situation of the Arts seminar at Critical Theory and the Arts to discuss the decisive moment in modern architecture when architecture fused opportunistically with fashion and developments in the visual arts to produce a mechanism for the camouflaged assertion of architecture as brand.

The graduate seminar will draw on studies of the collaborations between Miuccia Prada and Rem Koolhaas, and the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, as well as on writings by Naomi Klein, Hal Foster and Pier Vittoria Aureli.