“It is striking how many major American buildings are now being built by Japanese architects, such as Ando, Taniguchi, SANAA, and others, whose work is consistently deft and sober, and often achieve a certain delicate poetry. Could this be because the strong collective sensibility of Japan discourages wayward flights of individualism—of the sort that has brought about our debased celebrity culture—and that it has succeeding in preserving a far healthier and more coherent architectural landscape than ours? Self-effacement, after all, has never been a strong suit in American architecture.”

-Michael J. Lewis

The rise of the “starchitect
in The New Criterion, December 2007.

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