Editor-in-chief Kelsey Keith reflects on covering architecture, design, and local news in the current climate.
The past couple of months have been a period of great introspection at Curbed. We’ve debated how to best express our mission, talked with our writers, built decks (the slide kind!), presented to colleagues at Vox Media, tweaked how our network is structured, and taken stock of the amazing things we’ve accomplished in 2018. Add to that process a general uneasiness about the state of media—that’s for another columnist to unpack, but I’m sure you feel me—and more specific fretting over the state of architecture, and you’ve got a potent stew of purpose.
First, we’ve been both focusing and expanding Curbed’s ethos over the past few years. Our focus: We’ve pioneered an alternative model for local news—by surfacing it to a growing national audience that is more aware than ever of urbanism. And we’ve expanded our beats beyond real estate to cover the things people care about in the places they live: transportation, affordable housing, local elections, homelessness, gentrification, rental price comparisons, guides for people just moving to a particular city, guides for people just looking to get out of town.
Our conception of “home” applies on a broad scale: from the rise of the ubiquitous “modern farmhouse” look to someone’s flood-proof renovation, from a block association’s cleanup effort to a neighborhood’s rezoning, from a city’s investment in bike lanes to a nationwide coalition of mayors fighting climate change. Curbed is right there with you, engaged in the micro- and macro-issues of your city.
Meanwhile, the news cycle moves fast, and structure arrives slow. 2018 was not an especially exciting year for new architecture—instead we got a #MeToo reckoning for one of the field’s elder statesmen, a “Shitty Men in Architecture” list, and subsequent calls to end the lone architect-genius myth.
Curbed has always been about providing context, and our architecture coverage is no different. That’s precisely why we have a critic, Alexandra Lange, who sees beyond the traditional purview of architecture criticism.
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