Sylvia Lavin


On her book Kissing Architecture

Cover Interview of August 09, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Image-architecture affords an especially useful model of experience.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Kissing Architecture seeks to entice the way we understand architecture away from the register of architectural criticism of the 1990s—which, akin to the orality of dentistry, was full of probes, spit, and scraping critique—into the atmospheres of embrace, where flavor, succulence, and sensation are reintroduced into the province of intellected criticism.”

On the second:

“Absent an exaggerated frame such as that produced by what has been called the ‘Bilbao Effect’ that surrounds buildings most of us could describe, we have an almost total hysterical blindness where architecture is concerned.”