With the common purpose of acknowledging excellence in the field and promoting quality in the built environment, architectural prizes are having a heyday. In the decade of spectacle culture, architects have had an ever-growing mediatic presence, and numerous awards have been created by foundations and professional associations to fête personalities and specific buildings. Though time is sure to wear out the force of each one, all will remain as registers of professional consensus and shall serve to identify the swayings of our end-of-century debate...[+]

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