In her essay, French architecture critic Françoise Fromonot argues that the specific character of Colquhoun’s approach lies partly in the fact that he is conscious of the weight of every word he puts to paper. As a result, his writings are marked by ‘a clear structure and a sober vocabulary’ and they are ‘sharply defined’. She argues that the decision to write in this specific way, including the absence of any academic jargon, is not so much a value-free gesture as the definite political stand of a critic trying to address a wider audience. It is precisely because of this that Colquhoun’s essays remain references today in the debate about the past, the present and the future of architecture.
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