Aaron Betsky calls on architects to focus attention on what gets built outside of urban cores.
Architects have twin obsessions: downtown and heroic architects. Though I will readily admit to being all too fascinated by those who make form with bravura, at least I do not share the former preoccupation. Perhaps it is because I have not lived in an area you could properly describe as a downtown since I left New York in 1980. I have not worked in one for almost as long, other than a year commuting to an office along what was then a sad pedestrian mall in Santa Monica during the 1990s. From my remove, it continues to astonish me how architecture and architectural criticism concentrates its energies on built-up city cores. The single-mindedness of this focus helps to cause a chicken and egg situation: Because architects ignore everything around those bastions of power and wealth, what gets built in the ‘burbs is generally dreadful and, because there is so little to admire there, architects and critics shy away from those vast territories where most Americans live.
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