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“Ricardo Bofill and Leon Krier: Architecture, Urbanism, and History”

Beyond all doubt, this exhibition confirmed that architecture has become a form of mass culture; its presentation and analysis are discharged with the staunch passion of a prime-time television series. Architecture is searching for an audience that will provide it with rationale and legitimacy. The pairing of Ricardo Bofill and Leon Krier was an example of curatorial imagination that, in the end, failed to make architecture or urbanism more comprehensible. The differences between these two Modernism-rejecting architects are so plain that intersecting dialogue is virtually impossible. There were not enough shadowy regions here, and the exhibition of both architects’ work proved that apples cannot be compared to watermelons.

Bofill and his firm, Taller de Arquitectura, have built some remarkable works in the past, but the recent critical uproar concerns a series of middle-income, subsidized,

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