Authored by: Jeremy White

The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138917569
eBook ISBN: 9781315688947
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This essay explores the relationship between the “starchitect” and the starchitect’s creation, “starchitecture.” It locates the source for that relationship in three historical places: the genesis of architecture history’s birth from art history, with the latter’s emphasis on the relationship between the artist and the created art object being central. Two twentieth-century moments were crucial as well: the manifesto-wielding Modernist architect followed by the Pop Art-inspired Postmodernist architect who capitalized on the venerable precedent separating “building” from “architecture,” each a distinct category of cultural production. Armed with digital tools for form-making, the (star)chitect of the twenty-first century is both provisional and fundamental.

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