About Star Architecture

Reflecting on Cities in Europe

Editors: Alaily-Mattar, Nadia, Ponzini, Davide, Thierstein, Alain (Eds.)

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  • Investigates star architecture in the European context to provide an insight in the roles and impacts of branded projects on contemporary cities
  • Provides an innovative theoretical framework and discusses how star architecture projects can be studied, using multiple qualitative and quantitative approaches in a consistent manner
  • Addresses various issues related to star architecture in European cities, including heritage preservation, tourism and media perceptions
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About this book

Cities across the world have been resorting to star architects to brand their projects, spark urban regeneration and market the city image internationally. This book shifts the attention from star architects to star architecture, arguing that the process of deciding about and implementing relevant architectural and urban projects is not the product of any single actor. Star architecture can, in fact, be better studied and understood as assembled by multiple actors and in its relationship with urban transformation. In its 18 chapters, the book presents a multidisciplinary collection of expert contributions in the fields of urban planning, architecture, media studies, urban economics, geography, and sociology, consistently brought together for the first time to deal with this topic. Through a vast array of case studies and analytical techniques touching over 20 cities in Europe, the book shows the positive and more problematic impacts of star architecture with reference to the preservation of built heritage, tourism and media. The book will be of interest to architects, sociologists, urban planners, and public administrators.

About the authors

Dr. Nadia Alaily-Mattar is a Research and Teaching Associate at the Chair of Urban Development in the Department of Architecture of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). She is an architect, and graduate of the American University of Beirut (AUB). She holds a PhD Degree from University College of London and a Master’s degree from London School of Economics and Political Science. From September 2015 to August 2017, she managed an inter-disciplinary research project funded by the German Research Fund (DFG), titled “Star architecture and its role in re-positioning small and medium sized cities”.

Dr. Davide Ponzini is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Politecnico di Milano. He received his PhD (cum laude) in Urban Planning from Politecnico di Milano. His research activity focuses on planning theory, policy tool analysis, urban and cultural policy, heritage preservation, spectacularization of contemporary architecture and the urban environment. He has been a recipient of several scholarships and research grants, and has been a visiting researcher at Yale, Johns Hopkins, Columbia University and others. 

Dr. Alain Thierstein is a full Professor of spatial development at the technical University of Mucnich (TUM). He holds a PhD degree in economic sciences from St. Gallen University. He has held positions at St Gallen and ETH Zurich. He is also a partner of EBP Schweiz AG, Zurich.

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“This book is the most up-to-date reference on star architecture in cities in Europe as it brings together a series of original studies on the theme, which can be extended to other contexts. … this book has led to a step forward in the field of urban studies. The various chapters accurately help the reader understand the relationship between famous architects and their multinational design firms with urban planning, the capitalist city-making process and the stakeholders involved.” (Federico Camerin, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, Vol. 14 (3), 2021)

“The book makes the case that it is rather nonsensical to speak about star architecture as if it were a uniform phenomenon. Quite the opposite, the selection of case studies demonstrates that star architecture projects are inevitably as diverse as the entities and processes that procure them. For instance, ‘About Star Architecture’ shows that there is no such thing as a typical political pattern (e.g. neoliberal policy-making) that is more or less likely to promote and produce star architecture projects.” (Jan Silberberger, Journal of Urban Design, September 7, 2020)

“One of the most crucial contributions of this book is offering a comprehensive systematization of different debates in urban studies. It proposes a solid understanding of star architecture and it can potentially open the way to a number of further explorations and analytical understandings. Moreover, the book clearly may be of interest for readers beyond academia. The chapters are accurate and engage with international scholarship but they are also enjoyable and readable for practitioners and scholars working in fields such as architecture, communication, media and cultural studies.” (Alberto Vanolo, Urban Studies, Vol. 57 (13), 2020)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

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eBook 117,69 €
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Hardcover 155,99 €
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Softcover 114,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
About Star Architecture
Book Subtitle
Reflecting on Cities in Europe
Editors
  • Nadia Alaily-Mattar
  • Davide Ponzini
  • Alain Thierstein
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23925-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23925-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23924-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-23927-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 332
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 81 illustrations in colour
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