Posted by Manuel Oliveros on September 29, 2002 at 05:23:01:
In Reply to: Re: WTC shortlist posted by Jacques Pochoy on September 28, 2002 at 09:03:20:
Well, that's what happens when fame in architecture is some kind of star system. Every nation and region feels obliged to have one "famous" and "brilliant" architect "as there's no one other". This also occurs in singing, painting, scuplture, so no vice of architecture, exclusively.
All this is compounded by the mass-mediation of "smart" magazines of architecture that care more than anything for visual impact, but of the magazine, not the buildings.
By this rate, almost all named are in some sense over rated. So was Foster in Faber and Willis, so was SOM in the Lever House, and so is most surely presently Foreign Architects. Genius goes far beyond that, and both educated professionals and The People one way or another manage to reckon and sort.
And happy to meet you all there!, still standing.
Best wishes for all.
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