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Another form of community outreach has been Prof. Crosbie's contributions to the Hartford Courant. Since 1990 he has written articles about architecture and design for the Courant, first as its architecture critic and then as a member of the Courant’s “Place” Board of Contributors.

His view is that the role of the critic is really as a teacher. The articles he writes for the Courant are fashioned to appeal to anyone, whether they think they know anything about architecture or not. The point is to engender a public discussion about architecture to which everyone in the community can contribute. It is also to encourage people to be their own architecture critics.

He has found that most people, through their personal experience with the built environment, are fairly astute critics, but they are not confident in what they think about architecture. His role as a critic writing about architecture in a public forum is to encourage public discussion about architecture. He is a strong believer in the architecture professor (or any professor, for that matter) participating as a public intellectual and encouraging an ongoing discussion about the built environment.