Global Architect Firms, Fame and Urban Form

ISBN-10: 0415956412

ISBN-13: 9780415956413

Edition: 2009

Authors: Donald McNeill
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The globalisation of architectural practice
Architectural practice and the race for new markets
Working with clients
The business of architecture
Joint ventures and alliances
The megapractice: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Aedas: the architectural firm as global brand
The rise of Foster and Partners
Conclusions: the significance of the firm
Designing at distance
Architects and business travel
The travelling sketch: Renzo Piano and Sydney's Aurora Place
Client meetings and performing competitions
The design studio
Space-shrinking technologies
Meeting the clients: property trade fairs
Conclusions
Architectural celebrity and the cult of the individual
Daniel Libeskind as 'starchitect'
The cult of the individual architect
The signature architect
Critical recognition
Signature architects and value added
Conclusions
The 'Bilbao effect'
Cultural imperialism?
Indigenisation and 'bourgeois regionalism': the Basque state as client
Mapping the 'Bilbao effect'
Conclusions
Rem Koolhaas and global capitalism
Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Content and the architect's book
Rebranding architecture
Architect as anthropologist
Conclusions
The geography of the skyscraper
Relational geographies of the skyscraper
The world's tallest building
Dubai and global imagineering
Essentialism, and the International Style
Conclusions
The ethics of architectural practice
Going East: the geopolitics of architecture
Environmental ethics
The architect and the city
Conclusions
Conclusions
Architecture as a business: the structuring role of the firm
Fame and foreigners
Urban form: visibility
Notes
References
Index
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