1996 The Spectacle of Architects


It had to happen. The spectacle of architecture has become a spectacle of architects. The emblematic buildings of recent times have turned their authors into mediatic stars avidly sought after for interviews, statements or lectures. At the Barcelona UIA (International Union of Architects) congress, young crowds mob their heroes with requests for autographs or photo opportunities, and security guards are regularly compelled to rescue speakers overwhelmed by the tide of fervor. If the organizational difficulties that have caused the massive throng of convention participants make it impossible to project images of buildings, it is of little matter; architects construct buildings with the immaterial substance of words, and the devoted multitude engages in warm communion with the high priests of this demanding religion...[+]