MIT HTC Forum 2009 “architectural criticism in an age of digital networks”, April 7 2009, MIT Cambridge MA


Javier Arbona, Mark Jarzombek, and Kazys Varnelis

Blogitecture: Architecture on the Internet
The state and influence of architectural criticism in an age of digital networks

Tuesday, April 7
6:30 pm
Room 3-133

“Has a blog actually had a significant impact on a building in the process of being designed or built? What was the outcome? …But even if this were the case, I’m not sure that blogs have actually changed much of the way theory is written or performed.”
-Javier Arbona, Javierest (

“Blogs have, thus far been both anti-theory and anti-history. I think they’ve played a role in that regard.”
-Kazys Varnelis (

Mark Jarzombek will moderate a discussion between bloggers Javier Arbona and Kazys Varnelis on the state and influence of architectural criticism in an age of digital networks, from their respective positions as producers of criticism and scholars of architecture.

Javier Arbona is a PhD candidate in geography at UC Berkeley and a former chief editor at He blogs at

Kazys Varnelis, PhD, is Director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He blogs at

Mark Jarzombek, Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture and Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, will moderate the discussion.


The lecture will be at 6:30pm in 3-133 at MIT, 77 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139, see


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