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Starchitecture by Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi


Starchitecture by Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi
Dec 27, 2016 | 216 Pages
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    Dec 27, 2016 | 216 Pages

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Starchitecture is a rich and mature critique of the global trend toward high-profile iconic buildings by architects-cum-brands. While this sort of ‘architectural spectacularization’ is defended by neoliberal urban revivalists and just as impulsively derided by anti-globalization localists, author Ponzini and photographer Nastasi offer a more nuanced perspective.”
“Starchitecture displays how specific urban histories, politics and markets shape what the ‘great architects’ manage to do. Wonderfully presented as social science fused with photography.”
—Harvey Molotch, New York University

“Impressive book, both critical and even-handed. No one is better at placing architecture in its urban context.
Robert Beauregard, Columbia University

“Haunting images and lucid writing make Starchitecture a must read for all those interested in global urbanism.
Yasser Elsheshtawy, United Arab Emirates University Al Ain

“Starchitecture is a fascinating exploration of an aspect of globalization which is often noted but rarely analysed or illustrated in such depth.”
Paul Finch, Architectural Review

“An incisive survey of contemporary ‘spectacular’ architecture. The book offers A highly appealing, and all too rare, combination of insightful narrative and forensic image.”
Donald McNeill, Western Sydney University

“Nastasi’s photography is broadly urbanistic and humanistic. Here the city is a social organism, not a depopulated abstraction, where new architecture creates uplifting and meaningful environments. There is a sense of revelation in his vision of the global city as harmonious and profoundly humane.”
—Gary Van Zante, MIT MUSEUM Curator

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