The Sphere and the Labyrinth

Contrary to those who pose the theme of architectural writing—the term “language” should, it seems to us, be adopted only as a metaphor—we shall present the theme of critical writing: is it not the function of criticism to constitute the historical (and thus the real) specificity of artistic writings? Does not historical work posses a language that, entering perpetually into conflict with the multiple techniques of environmental formation, can function like litmus paper to verify the correctness of discourses on architecture?

Manfredo Tafuri, The Sphere and the Labyrinth, 1-2

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