The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture, and Design presents an in-depth exploration of criticism and criticality in theory and practice across the disciplines of art, architecture, and design. Professional criticism is a vital part of understanding the cultural significance of designed objects and environments that we engage with on a daily basis, yet there is evidence to show that this practice is changing. This edited volume investigates how practitioners, researchers, educators, and professionals engage with, think about, and value the practice of critique. With contributions from a multi-disciplinary authorship from nine countries - the UK, USA, Australia, India, Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium, and Denmark - this companion provides a wide range of leading perspectives evaluating the landscape of criticality and how it is being shaped by technological and social advances. Illustrated with over 60 black and white images and structured into five sections, The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture, and Design is a comprehensive volume for researchers, educators, and students exploring the changing role of criticism through interdisciplinary perspectives.

part I|8 pages

part II|138 pages

chapter 2|3 pages

You, me, I, or we

Criticality through situated creative practice/s

chapter 3|18 pages

Crits, consensus, and criticality

Making artists in the contemporary art school

chapter 4|18 pages

Memories bind us together

Staging dementia

chapter 6|21 pages

How to be a good witness

The architecture curator

chapter 7|19 pages

Deviant theory

chapter 8|17 pages

An outline politics of the critical

part III|146 pages

chapter 10|2 pages

Looks aren’t everything, except when they are

The critical aesthetics of un-critical and post-critical artefacts

chapter 11|16 pages

The After Critical

chapter 13|27 pages

Horse horse tiger tiger

The critical functioning of Chinese copying and assemblage aesthetics

chapter 15|29 pages

Performance-critical architecture

chapter 16|21 pages

Ungraspable criticality

Surface in architecture

chapter 17|15 pages

Reading resonance

Post factum documentation as creative criticism

part IV|123 pages

chapter 18|3 pages

Don’t take this the wrong way, but . . .

The changing nature of media, medium, and message in art, architecture, and design criticism

chapter 19|17 pages

The landscape of practices

Decolonizing landscape architecture

chapter 20|15 pages

Of neon, road signs, and head shapes

A case for generative criticism

chapter 21|20 pages

Best Made Re Made

Critical interventions in the online marketplace

chapter 22|19 pages

Professional reflection and visual arguments for patients

Is graphic design really a critical practice?

chapter 23|17 pages

But, it won an award

A look at communication design ‘excellence’

chapter 25|21 pages


Critical practices in the moment of social media

part V|6 pages

chapter 26|4 pages

Less woe, more wow!

Shifting disciplinary viewpoints to make a critical cultural difference . . .