11 Aug '11, 1pm

When ‘starchitects’ build art you can’t escape

When ‘starchitects’ build art you can’t escape

Boston's I.M. Pei-designed plaza, with a city hall by Kallman, McKinnell & Knowles. Photo: Mr. Nixter Pity Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei . Their works are hailed for being imaginative and original. Their star power is in demand the world over. And their buildings are derided by planners and urbanists (Grist's own Sarah Goodyear ragged on Pei's Dallas City Hall ). What's a starchitect to do? Put it in context, says Chris Turner over at Mother Nature Network. Turner argues that a lack of context sullies a building's image. He's right, in a way: Every time I walk past Boston's city hall (designed by Kallman, McKinnell & Knowles and surrounded by a Pei-designed plaza* ), I marvel at the ingenuity, engineering, and whimsy behind its upside-down pyramid conceit. But then I notice the acres of sparsely trafficked pavers that spread out from the building, and I remember why this place ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-08-11-missing-the-city-...

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