Sensationalist 'Lara Croft' Architecture Damages Cities

Deyan Sudjic laments the popularity of "icon" architecture such as the works for Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava but suggests that the style is about to fade away.

"In the week that Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Hall opened in LA, Deyan Sudjic argues that the frantic drive for every new building to eclipse the last is at the expense of designing places that actually work...This is the way to an architecture of diminishing returns in which every sensational new building must attempt to eclipse the last one...The effect of all this image building is just as damaging to the architects as to the cities that commission them... Form doesn't follow function any more, form follows image."

Thanks to Richard Layman

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