A couple of explanations to begin: probably the ambitious title of the book, Architecture and critique, could confuse those that wait for a brainy and voluminous compendium on critique. Not beyond at all of the reality treating itself about a perfectly accessible text of little more than 120 pages. Surely it would be more own to speak about introductory text to the matter, in which the principal aspects touch each other you will discipline and the intellectual context in which the most significant authors have moved.
“The critique endures an aesthetic judgment. The above mentioned judgment consists of an individual valuation of the architectural work that the critic realizes from the complexity of the baggage of knowledge which he has, the methodology which it uses, his analytical and synthetic capacity, and also his sensibility, intuition and taste.” This way Montaner describes the critique in the introduction to this text with didactic vocation.
One of the principal contributions of the book is the putting in relation of the principal currents of thought of the 20th century with the fundamental traces of the architectural historiography and his contemporary interpretations. The author, in a really meritorious exercise of synthesis, is capable of establishing a fundamental map of the relations between thought and architecture, elementary for the one who tries to begin in the matter.
David H. Falagán
Architecture and Critique
Josep Maria Montaner
Gustavo Gili, 2013 (1999)