Thomas Fisher is dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota.
CommentsThank you all for your comments. I believe that the software used to make the Chuck-Close-like images of Jacobs, Mumford, and Huxtable was Houdini. Here is a link to an online tutorial: http://adamswaab.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/houdini-chuck-close-effect-tutorial/
I don't have the list of books with me, but I recall that his list included Plato's Republic, Thoreau's Walden, Emerson's Essays, as well as literature like Melville's Moby Dick and Whitman's Leaves of Grass. It was a "great books" list with a definite American tilt.
I agree that there is some good (and a lot of bad) architecture criticism in the blog sphere. Although I don't follow most of this, my sense is that there is a lot of opinion and very few ideas behind a lot of what I read on blogs.
I also agree that "energy" and a lot of the other big issues of our era need to be at the core of architecture criticism. Mumford and Jacobs in particular, were cultural critics first and architecture critics second, and I think that the great critics of the future will arise from those who have something meaningful to say to the general public not just about architecture, but also through architecture.