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A story worth noting here in NY, where a new Yankee Stadium is rising despite widespread local protest and nearly unanimous scorn among design critics: San Diego’s Petco Park, designed by architect Antoine Predock, has been awarded a Citation for Excellence by Architectural Record and Business Week magazines.

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  • How is the title to this post not eliciting a stream of encomium and cries of genius?
    An outrage.

    YF November 6, 2007, 6:29 pm
  • genius

    Nick-YF November 6, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • “nearly unanimous scorn among design critics”
    YF, is this true? I haven’t seen much of a stink raised re: the design of the stadium but I also haven’t been following it so closely. I saw John Henry’s comments that it looks to be amazing and he finds it “scary” (I assume he means in a yankee-revenue-earning kind of way), but in terms of the design and achitectural world, I wasn’t aware that the new YS is getting trashed.
    Oh, and the title…genius.

    IronHorse (yf) November 7, 2007, 4:52 pm
  • Written June 16, 2005. The guy trashes the design.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/16/sports/baseball/16appraise.html?
    _r=1&oref=slogin
    Copy and paste in without the return. YF, can I use HTML code for links?
    Oh, yeah…I’ve never seen a more ingenious and witty title for a post before.

    rz-yf November 8, 2007, 9:39 am
  • nearly unanimous scorn among design critics
    I realize this isn’t an architecture blog, but in all fairness, let’s point that the New York Times critic you cite is almost universally scorned.
    Michael Sorkin made a statistical analysis in the Voice that showed the previous critic, Herbert Muschamp, was a PR agent for a handful of Starchitects who showed up again and again.
    Muschamp had to quit, because of physical and psychological problems, and he handpicked his successor, Ouroussoff, often called “Litte Herbert.”
    His taste in Starchitects is about the same, but he’s not nearly as interesting a writer as Muschamp. I suspect he’s one of the least read critics on the Times.
    As for the stadium, I haven’t seen it. I’d like to. Predock has done some good buildings and some bad ones, and I really don’t know which this is.

    john November 8, 2007, 6:59 pm
  • Fair enough, John. I’ve no idea how read, unread, scorned or unscorned architectural writers are or aren’t.
    You seem to know what’s what. Got any links to give?

    rz-yf November 9, 2007, 11:23 am
  • Sorkin’s old Village Voice article about Muschamp doesn’t seem to be online, but some of the statistics are listed here. Only 30% (only 30%!) of Muschamp’s articles didn’t include an accolade to at least one of his three heroes: Rem Koolhaas, Peter Eisenman or Frank Gehry.
    That’s not criticism. Either it’s narrow minded fanaticism, or Muschamp should have been on the payroll of all three architects.
    Since then Rem has started criticizing his fellow Starchitects, because of their inability to play nice and make buildings that work together to make a city.
    I commented here. SF will not agree.

    john November 12, 2007, 12:01 am

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