Starchitects: Grab Them While They’re Hot (and still relevant)


An interesting article over at Forbes, “Tastemakers: Architecture.” It’s about a phenomenon most everyone has probably noticed, even in the periphery, that smaller cities in the US, not just your New Yorks, your LAs and your Chicagos, are snapping up “starchiects” to build them up something they can show off in their center of town. Forbes argues that that’s all well and good for now, but eventually, everything’s going to change. Here’s a bit (when the negative stuff starts rolling in):

But the dividends might not be as large for the field. Architecture will soon face major challenges, as cities expand to monster dimensions. By 2015, there will be 21 megacities with populations over 10 million, according to UN estimates. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2030, many of them in slums. Architects will be charged with managing this growth and finding innovative ways to maximize scarce space and resources. The same old techniques aren’t going to cut it anymore.