Planning with the Starchitects

<p>Architects are not just architects anymore. Now they are planners, too, and some high profile projects all over the world show that this trend is likely to continue.</p>
March 25, 2008, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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"Famous architects are no longer just in the business of designing signature buildings. They are also increasingly functioning as megascale planners, hand in glove with the biggest developers in the world and with local municipalities, usually with both."

"Daniel Libeskind is at work on a 4.5-million-square-foot, "skyline-creating" waterfront development in Busan, South Korea; a master plan with office towers, condominiums, a hotel, and a cultural institute for a three-mile development corridor south of the historic center of Copenhagen, Denmark; and a huge shopping and entertainment center on the west side of Bern, Switzerland, scheduled for completion this year and boasting a hyperactive menu of amenities such as a theme-park swimming pool, a movieplex, and a senior citizens' residence. In Morocco, Jean Nouvel is projecting a 345-acre low-rise, high-density suburb of Rabat, as well as a new port complex in Tangier."

"Norman Foster has been retained as master planner for the historic center of Duisburg, a deindustrialized city in Germany's Ruhr Valley where he previously completed a renewal project for the inner harbor. He is also working on the first of a series of five hill towns for 15,000 residents on the Black Sea in Bulgaria and a car-free, waste-free, carbon-neutral "green utopia" for 50,000 in Abu Dhabi."

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Published on Saturday, March 1, 2008 in Architect Magazine
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