Architecture Critic Paul Golberger on Urbanism and "Starchitects"

Paul Goldberger, the architecture critic for The New Yorker magazine, came by Big Think's offices yesterday for an interview.  He talked at length about the way that the recession has affected architecture, both for ill and for good: while certainly fewer buildings are being built these days, the down economy has put an end to some of the excesses that had become prevalent over the past decade. As a result, he says, many new buildings now have an "appealing simplicity" to their design.  He also talked about how the "starchitect" phenomenon has affected the kinds of buildings that have been built in recent years, and the way that "green" building practices have become increasingly mainstream.

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