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        • Two Notes on Alan Colquhoun

        Abstract
        The central theme of the essay by British critic Owen Hatherley is the political connotation of architecture criticism within a given historical context. He underscores the fact that the criticism of Alan Colquhoun, in particular his work on modernist buildings and cities, acquires a different meaning in today’s context. The distance in time puts the issues of contention of the past in perspective – things that seemed diametrically opposed then now appear, after the passage of time, to be closely related after all. According to Hatherley this reminds us that things can be different, that strategies and forms considered impossible today were once viewed as ordinary, and that what we now deem impossible may seem quite normal in the future. According to Hatherley this does not make the critic’s position relative: from a distance, critics can in fact more clearly identify the actual issues of political contention. 
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        Citation
        Hatherley, O. (2012). Two Notes on Alan Colquhoun. Alan Colquhoun. Architect, Historian, Critic, OASE, (87), 87–93. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/87/TwoNotesOnAlanColquhoun

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