Extraordinary architecture so much more than mere practical considerations. It inspires and provokes while creating a seamless experience of the physical world for its users. It is the rare writer that can frame the discussion of a building in a way that allows the reader to see it with new eyes. Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities is a handbook on writing effectively and critically about building and cities. Each chapter opens with a reprint of a historically significant essay written by a renowned architecture critic- Ada Louise Huxtable on open space, Lewis Mumford on skyscrapers, Herbert Muschamp on museums, Michael Sorkin on preservation, Charles Moore on the monument, Frederick Law Olmsted on parks, Jane Jacobs on cities -followed by the author Alexandra Lange`s close reading and discussion of the writer`s strategies. Lange offers her own analysis using contemporary examples as well as a checklist of questions at the end chapter to help guide the writer in the footsteps of the best architectural critics of the twetieth century.