Milestones Oct. 22, 2007


The reason for his cult status as an architecture critic was not the clarity of Herbert Muschamp's prose, which was known to irk readers with its effusive, stream-of-consciousness style. Instead, by freely celebrating the emotional impact of skyscrapers and other structures, the author and longtime New York Times critic changed the way people think about architecture. In a characteristically exuberant 1997 article that brought him national attention, he likened Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, to Marilyn Monroe. (The building had a "voluptuous style" and an apparent urge to "let its dress fly up in the air.") Muschamp was...

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