Los Angeles River Bike Path

Draft Los Angeles River Master Plan Revealed

A new draft Los Angeles Master Plan, created by Frank Gehry's firm, lays out a more active, natural vision for the river, in addition to addressing concerns about displacement in communities along the river corridor.

January 14, 2021 - Urbanize LA

John Lautner

Homes Designed by Starchitects Face a Sluggish Resale Market

Value is in the eye of the beholder.

December 18, 2019 - Bloomberg

New England Patriots

Tom Brady the Starchitect

New England Patriot's Quarterback Tom Brady, one of the most famous people in the country, said on a radio show recently that he's considering architecture for a post-football career.

August 16, 2019 - The Architect's Newspaper

Foster + Partners

'Tulip Tower' Doesn't Clear the Mayor's Desk in London

A 984-foot tower, with an observation deck, shaped like a tulip, won over planners, but not the mayor, in London.

July 17, 2019 - The Architect's Newspaper


Kanye West Jumps Into the Affordable Housing Business


June 5, 2018 - The Architect's Newspaper

Vancouver Skyline

Starchitects Leaving Their Mark on the Vancouver Skyline

It hasn't always been like this, but in recent years, Vancouver has attracted international talent to design some of its splashiest new projects.

October 11, 2016 - Business Vancouver

Revealed: A Splashy New Master Plan for Former Civic Arena Site in Pittsburgh

One of the country's most beautiful cities could get a dramatic new development project, calling on the design talents of Bjarke Ingels Group.

November 19, 2015 - designboom

Family Feud

Last Night on Family Feud: 'Name the Starchitect'

Last night's edition of the Family Feud gave starchitects a pop culture moment.

April 1, 2015 - Planetizen April 1st Edition

Gehry Fondation Louis Vuitton

Op-Ed: Starchitecture Fails the Future

An addiction to spectacle and fad, says Peter Buchanan, has set architecture adrift in a sea of meaningless forms. And real design problems go ignored.

March 20, 2015 - The Architectural Review

Hello Miami!

Miami's High-Rise Orthodoxy Hides a Better Way

Alastair Gordon lambasts Miami's high-end architectural extremes. A horizontal, nature-inspired urbanism might better address contradictions between breezy luxury and inland poverty.

February 23, 2015 - Miami Herald

Debate: How Much should 'Starchitects' be Faulted for Urban Ills?

In response to a recent polemic by Witold Rybczynski against the global proliferation of iconic but disconnected projects by starchitects, the New York Times hosts a debate that addresses the question: Are superstar architects ruining city skylines?

July 30, 2014 - New York Times

'Starchitect': Making Use of an Overused Term

As much as architects and critics may hate the term, "we are going to be stuck with 'starchitect' until everybody with a keyboard agrees to retire it," says Guy Horton. So how can architects - star or not - make the term work for them?

July 26, 2013 - ArchDaily

Starchitects Jump on Miami Building Boom

Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Herzog and de Meuron, and Bjarke Ingels are some of the big names designing projects for Miami's hot again real estate market. Can their bold designs ensure that this building boom has legs?

March 14, 2013 - The Architect's Newspaper Blog

Even 'Starchitects' Need a Good Pitch to Win

'Starchitects' compete for prime real estate in New York City, and selling their stuff isn’t as easy as one might think. See four famous architects in action as they pitch designs for a new office tower on Park Avenue.

December 15, 2012 - The Guardian U.K.

George Washington Bashes America's First Starchitect

A letter written by George Washington that is set to be auctioned by Christie's details the founding father's conflicting views of Pierre Charles L’Enfant, diva designer of the District of Columbia.

December 7, 2012 - The Washington Post

In SF, Does Lack of Big Names Mean Lack of Good Design?

Alexei Barrionuevo explores San Francisco's starchitect deficit, finding a city "more interested in conserving its [history] than in making a statement." This approach comes in for criticism from the dean of starchitects himself - Frank Gehry.

November 19, 2012 - The New York Times

Architecture Cleans House

With the waning of the starchitect era, Philip Nobel sees an opportunity to skewer some of the profession's "last stars standing" and applies his critical broom to help finish the house cleaning job.

October 19, 2012 - Metropolis

Starchitects Struggling?

Vivan S. Toy examines the fate of several condo developments in New York that employed brand name architects to sell their products during the housing boom, and finds mixed results.

March 12, 2012 - The New York Times

Reporting on the State of Architectural Criticism

A distinguished panel of architectural critics gathered this past week at the Center for Architecture, in New York, to discuss “Architectural Criticism Today.” Julie V. Iovine presents some choice excerpts from the two-hour conversation.

March 4, 2012 - The Architect's Newspaper


For Halloween, a group of designers from Steven Holl turned their favorite architects into jack-o-lanterns.

November 3, 2010 - The New York Observer

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