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A constellation of stars: what a local newspaper talks about when it talks about star architecture

Citation

Lindsay, G and Sawyer, M, A constellation of stars: what a local newspaper talks about when it talks about star architecture, European Planning Studies pp. 1-19. ISSN 0965-4313 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09654313.2021.1892031

Abstract

Despite the broadly held assumption that having an iconic building designed by a celebrity architect can effectively rebrand a place, draw tourists, and stimulate economic activity, star architecture does more than just contribute to the economic fortunes of regional cities. Iconic projects also emerge from and reflect the discourses, desires, and identities of city dwellers in the places they are built. In this paper, we use newspaper coverage of five iconic or star architecture buildings in Denver, Colorado, USA, to expose how architecture contributes to local discourses. What emerges is a complex picture of how local press engage with star architecture projects. Star architecture buildings do more than just contribute to the economic fortunes of a city or region: they also contribute to the mental map of a place, become contributors to city identity, and create opportunities for conversations about culture and architecture, including the basis for comparisons with other cities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:iconic architecture, media and architecture, urban intertextuality, Denver, Colorado, USA, Bilbao Effect
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural history, theory and criticism
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Lindsay, G (Dr Georgia Lindsay)
UTAS Author:Sawyer, M (Dr Mark Sawyer)
ID Code:143158
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Architecture and Design
Deposited On:2021-03-02
Last Modified:2021-11-01
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