Dear colleagues

You are kindly invited to attend a seminar and book presentation jointly organized by OTB and SPS.

Title: Starchitecture: Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities

When: Wednesday 22 March, 12.00-13.30

Where: BK, Room R, Julianalaan 134

Who: Davide Ponzini, Politecnico di Milano


Davide Ponzini is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano. His new book Starchitecture, with photographer Michele Nastasi, investigates recent skyscrapers, cultural projects and high profile developments designed by star architects in cities like Paris, New York, Abu Dhabi and Bilbao. The book addresses key questions: how and why do spectacular works get commissioned and procured? What are their visible urban effects? What can urban planners, architects and policy makers learn in order to engage in more successful city-making?

In this presentation, Davide Ponzini will explain and critique a growing global condition, revealing how starchitecture has been and continues to be deployed in cities around the world. These arguments are vital to understand the urban landscapes of today as well as tomorrow.

Looking forward to your attendance and a fruitful discussion.


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