Dr. Aydan Balamir is one of the leading women professors in Turkish academia, whose foci include the architectural profession, architectural practice, and women in architecture. She received a B.Arch, M.Arch and Ph.D. from Middle East Technical University (Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi) and conducted doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California Berkely. Dr. Balamir has since held positions in numerous private architectural firms, and has served on various councils, including the Preservation Councils of Cappadocia (1997-2007) and the Ankara Renewal Area (2008-2011) council as well as a number of professional boards and juries. She has been teaching architectural theory and design at METU since 1985 and producing work on architectural criticism, the history and theory of modern architecture, design in urban contexts, the study of historical fabrics and building types, traditional and modern housing, architectural design education, and classical-academic and modern paradigms. Dr. Balamir has been the recipient of numerous awards both nationally and internationally, including the CICA Julius Posener Exhibition Catalogue Award (2011), and the Austrian Republic Golden Merit Medal (2011).
Al-Asad, Mohammad with Majd Musa, editors. Architectural Criticism and Journalism: Global Perspectives. Turin: Umberto Allemandi, 2006.
Proceedings of an International Seminar organized by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in association with the Kuwait Society of Engineers, which took place from 6-7 December, 2005 in Kuwait.
FORWARD Suha Özkan PREFACE Jassim M. Qabazard INTRODUCTION Mohammad Al-Asad
I. INTRODUCING CRITICISM Françius Chaslin 21 Architecture and Criticism Joseph Rykwert 28 Criticism and Virtue Dennis Sharp 30 Architectural Criticism: History, Context and Roles
II. REFLECTIONS ON CRITICISM Omar Akbar 37 Architectural Criticism and Civic Society Aydan Balamir 40 Architectural Criticism: Thinking Thinner, Deeper and Wider Trevor Boddy 46 The Conundrums of Architectural Criticism Ali Cengizkan 52 Frames of Reference for Architectural Criticism Hussain Mousa Dashti 60 Architectural Form and the 'Spirit of the Age' Luis Fernández-Galiano 62 Fog in the Desert Louise Noelle Gras 65 An Approach to Architectural Criticism Romi Khosla 67 Architecture after the Age of Knowledge Mouhsen Maksoud 71 On Culture and Architecture
III. CRITICISM AND THE MEDIA Manuel Cuadra 75 The Power of Images DoGan Hasol 81 The Role of the Media and Photography in Architectural Criticism Hani Rashid 85 The Nature of Architectural Criticism
IV. KUWAIT CITY THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHER Kamran Adle 89 Colour plates
V. ARCHITECTURAL PUBLISHING AND JOURNALISM IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD Kamran Afshar Naderi 123 The Impact of Architectural Criticism on Iranian Architecture after the Islamic Revolution Mohamed A. Ibrahim 127 Architectural Publications in Egypt Dina Sattarova 129 The Journal Dizain i Novaia Arhitectura, Tatarstan Murtuza Shikoh 130 Architectural Publishing in Pakistan Timur Turekulov 132 Architectural Criticism and Publishing in Kazakhstan
VI. REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES Mashary A. Al-Naim 137 Crisis of Modernity and the Lack of Architectural Criticism in the Arab World Darab Diba 145 An Agenda for Architectural Journalism and Criticism in Iran Suneet Paul 153 Emerging Architectural Journalism: An Indian Experience Budi A. Sukada 155 Regional Reflections: Indonesia
VII. CRITICAL CULTURE: THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE GULF Nader Ardalan 163 The Architect as Critic: Reconceiving the Architecture of the Gulf Region Ole Bouman 172 Desperate Decadence Sally Khanafer, Afnan Al Rabaian and Ayesha Al Sager 176 The City in Hiding: Response to Ole Bouman's "Desperate Decadence" Peter Davey 178 Criticism and the Gulf: A Vision for the Future Yasmin Shariff 181 Critical Culture: Lifting the Fog on Kuwait City
VIII. BRINGING IT TOGETHER Robert Ivy 187 Notes on a Seminar Session Michael Sorkin 191 Epilogue: Everybody's a Critic
201 Appendix: list of authors in this monograph and seminar participants 203 Acknowledgments