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Old February 24th, 2017, 06:59 PM   #1
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I wanted to open this thread to define and discuss about what makes a starchitect. Is it only mainstream attention? Fame? Is there something that defines starchitects in the theories or philosophy of their designs?

I also wanted to make a list of living and active starchitects, with the exception of Zaha Hadid. Some I can think of right now are:
  1. Norman Foster
  2. Zaha Hadid
  3. Santiago Calatrava
  4. César Pelli
  5. Bjarke Ingels
  6. Renzo Piano
  7. Frank Gehry
  8. Richard Meier
  9. Daniel Libeskind
  10. Adrian Smith
  11. Tadao Ando
  12. Alberto Campo Baeza
  13. Rem Koolhas
  14. Robert A.M. Stern
  15. Herzog & De Meuron
  16. Peter Zumthor
  17. Jean Nouvel
  18. Rafael Moneo

Feel free to add more to the list and post some of their most famous designs.
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Old February 24th, 2017, 07:35 PM   #2
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I have huge love and admiration for the starchitects. I believe that what makes a starchitect great is the very distinctive style, which they all developed by themselves using their creative potential. To be an architecture lover in the 21st century is an absolute pleasure, to be able to say that you've witnessed a Calatrava's building being constructed with all the activities related to it.
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Old February 26th, 2017, 10:35 PM   #3
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Moshe Safdie, Mario Botta and Massimiliano Fuksas are other names that probably has to be in that list.

Anyway I dislike the work of many of those famous architets, and I suspect that, as for many popstars the quality of the music is often the least important factor, they are not so famous just because they are the best, but because they are probably good at advertising their work.
It's been like that also in the past, but now I guess it's much more important.

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Hassan Fathy, a noted Egyptian architect who pioneered appropriate technology for building in Egypt. Fathy was recognized with the Aga Khan Chairman's Award for Architecture in 1980.
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