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Old August 8th, 2008, 09:07 AM   #41
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Pei... can't anyone design a pyramid? I mean, the Egyptians did it.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 03:00 AM   #42
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I'd subscribe a lot of the architects mentioned in this thread: Le Corbusier, Gehry, Libeskind, Calatrava, Khoolas, Pelli, Philip Johnson. I would add also Adolf Loos and Mies Van Der Rohe (altouh Mies did the unlivable but gorgeous Farnsworth and the Pavillion), Richard Meier.
I have to say that I like Zaha Hadid, maybe it's my love for the curve line.
But above all I strongly disagree on Niemeyer.
I think that the bad planning of Brazilia was made by Lucio Costa, but the buildings of Niemeyer are often incredibly beautiful. His building for Mondadori in Segrate is stunning, one of my favorite of the century.

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Old May 28th, 2013, 03:11 AM   #43
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Every famous architect. Many people can design much nicer buildings but cannot build them because they don't have the reputation that these 'starchitects' have, although I think that Mies deserved the fame he had because of how he changed the world af architecture. Glassy, simple black buildings with vertical I-beam emphasis never always lose their elegant touch.

Many of Cesar Pelli's recent designs are far too similar, just a rectangular prism with rounded edges and a tapered top. His best work, by far, in my opinion, is the Wells Fargo Plaza in Minneapolis.

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Old May 28th, 2013, 03:16 AM   #44
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Every famous architect. Many people can design much nicer buildings but cannot build them because they don't have the reputation that these 'starchitects' have.
Agree. For every celebrated architect, there are tens of thousands of people capable of designing something as nice or better. Some of them aren't even architects. The idea that these people are especially gifted is absurd.

They're simply people who were in the right place at the right time and devoted their life to this field. I bet there are 100s of people on SSC alone who could design as well as Gehry, Mies, Hadid, Calatrava, etc.
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Agree. For every celebrated architect, there are tens of thousands of people capable of designing something as nice or better. Some of them aren't even architects. The idea that these people are especially gifted is absurd.
What about Frank Lloyd Wright? To me he was a genius and he deserves his reputation (even if there are buildings that I don't particularly like, the guggenheim for instance). He was not only original, but there's a deepness of feeling in a lot of his works that is not only superficial spectacularity or gratuitous weirdness.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 08:28 PM   #46
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I think it would be Hadid for me. I have yet to see one single project of her (studio) that even remotely fits the style and "feel" of its surroundings.

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