"I have learned profoundly from Nathan Glazer's cultural
perspectives and deep insights, engaging the extraordinary and the
ordinary. "From a Cause to a Style" is a work I consider most
relevant and significant for our time via its all-encompassing
range and its richness of detail involving multiple urban,
architectural, technical, and social issues-recent, current, and
future."--Robert Venturi, architect and author
"This collection is a reminder that in addition to being an
urban sociologist, an astute commentator on social issues, and a
public intellectual, Nathan Glazer is an insightful and provocative
architecture critic."--Witold Rybczynski, author of "Home: A Short
History of an Idea"
"Nathan Glazer stands in the grand but fragile American
tradition of the humanist architectural critic. He is also one of
our great complexifiers. Whether he is writing about cities,
streets, public spaces, or particular buildings, he notices things
that seem to escape the attention of the professional--though not
always of the general public. To read him is to become aware of
one's own architectural experience, and to begin thinking hard
about how it might be improved."--Mark Lilla, University of
"This is a remarkable collection of essays that only Nathan
Glazer could write. It sums up and partly explains the inability of
contemporary architecture to deal with the problems of modern
urbanism and to address many practical issues of building. As
Glazer points out, an architectural tradition that identified
itself by its capacity to focus the issues of functionalism has
ended up by almost totally ignoring them."--Robert Gutman, Lecturer
in Architecture, Princeton University
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