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Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity

By Vladimir Belogolovsky, DOM publishers, Berlin, 2015, 584 pages, ISBN: 978-3-86922-299-8

The book Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity by Vladimir Belogolovsky presents 30 disclosing interviews with some of today's most distinctive, prominent and well known international architects including David Adjaye, Will Alsop, Alejandro Aravena, Shigeru Ban, Elizabeth Diller, Winka Dubbeldam, Peter Eisenman, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Bjarke Ingels, Kengo Kuma, Daniel Libeskind, Jürgen Mayer H., Giancarlo Mazzanti, Richard Meier, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Glenn Murcutt, Gregg Pasquarelli, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Wolf Prix, Kevin Roche, Robert Stern, Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuznetsov, Bernard Tschumi, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Rafael Vinoly, and Alejandro Zaera-Polo.

An architect and well known international curator himself, Vladimir Belogolovsky started interviewing architects in December 2002, during the competition for the World Trade Center master plan, when they, according to Belogolovsky, gained national and international visibility and fame in popular mass culture and became "starchitects". As Belogolovsky claims, the publicity around the competition attracted the attention of the entire world and put architects and architecture in the centre of media interest more than ever before. At that time, the starchitecture phenomenon was born, "...the phenomenon of turning architects into celebrities and stars is real, and whether it will live or not, there is no denying that at least on that December morning in 2002 architecture and its creators, collectively as well as individually, captured the attention of the entire world" (Belogolovsky, p. 18).

In addition to the interviews with architects, the book presents conversations with architecture theorist, critic, and landscape designer Charles Jencks and critic, historian and Professor of Architecture Kenneth Frampton about the place of architecture and architects in today's society, focusing on a critique of the "starchitecture" economy, the "society of spectacle" and the rise of iconic, spectacular and global architecture, but also mentioning the need for social and cultural projects. Through following 30 interviews conducted over the past thirteen years, the author gives us a detailed picture of contemporary architects and their work.

For more information or to obtain the book, please visit: www.dom-publishers.com/products/en/History-and-Theory/Conversations-with-Architects.html?XTCsid=40dd6a3e4afe967b7909c6bdd91bad07