There has been quite a big debate of late—sparked in part by us—about Michael Kimmelman’s near-refusal to write about new buildings, for a good long time the stock-and-trade of those in his new-found profession. With rare exceptions, almost every column the Times architecture critic has penned has been about the streets or the parks or even the trees in the parks.
That changed when, after a six-week hiatus, Mr. Kimmelman, in a mix of personal reverie and polemicism, singlehandedly dismantled NYU’s proposed expansion plans in the Village. Now, but a few days later, he returns with another building review, of an entirely different sort, on the far-side of the Atlantic. The initial, cynical instinct is for the eyes to roll at another review of another housing project (that makes three in six months). But the ultimate reaction, as it has been after finishing a Kimmelman column these past few months, is to cheer. Read More