Transnational architecture and urbanism: The roles of Star Architects

Transnational architecture and urbanism: The roles of Star Architects

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ABSTRACT
Since the 1990s, increasingly multinational modes of design have arisen, especially concerning prominent buildings and places. The strategy of using one name architect has spread in Europe, North America and Asia, becoming more and more frequent since the 2000s. In many cases, spectacular buildings designed by a small set of international firms (such as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster+Partners) were and still are supposed to change the fate of one city alone, despite the clear evidence of failure of such oversimplifying rationale. Drawing on several cases derived from more than one decade of research regarding this topic, this paper will focus on the multiple roles that star architects play in urban regeneration and branding. In the conclusion, the main argument will lever a more realistic concept of star architecture (as the eventual result of the action of multiple actors, namely architects, planners, politicians, real estate developers, etc…) in order to call for more attention to the local context and the long-term urban effects of such projects.

REFERENCES
-Alaily-Mattar N., Ponzini D., Thierstein, A. (Eds., 2020). About Star Architecture: Reflecting on Cities in Europe, Cham: Springer.
-Ponzini D. (2020), Transnational Architecture and Urbanism: Rethinking How Cities Plan, Transform, and Learn, London: Routledge.
-Ponzini D., Nastasi M. (2016). Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities, New York: Monacelli Press [second edition].
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Corresponding Author

Davide Ponzini

Politecnico di Milano, Dept. Architecture and Urban Studies

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Davide Ponzini

Politecnico di Milano, Dept. Architecture and Urban Studies

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Preferred Track

2. Starchitecture

Second Preferred Track

6. Urban policies

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