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City of Ideas

Architects' voices and visions

A multiplicity of voices is the defining feature of architecture today. Never before have there been so many distinctive and original visions. The time is right to raise the inevitable questions:

  • How many architectures do we need?
  • Can we remain critical by simply accepting such a diverse and contradictory contemporary panoply of ideas?
  • Do we let go of all unifying principles?
  • Can we operate without authorities? Should the present diversity be encouraged?
  • Should the most distinctive voices be amplified?
  • Should we continue celebrating 'starchitects' who haul architecture in many different directions?

'City of Ideas: Architects’ Voices and Visions', curated by Vladimir Belogolovsky, is a stage for 13 such voices to be heard, juxtaposed and interpreted.

Presented through audio recordings, interview transcripts, quotes and images, this exhibition portrays today’s leading architects and society in general. Listen to these voices as they help us challenge one fundamental question: what is architecture, here and now?

Featured architects’ voices

Will Alsop, Peter Eisenman, YonaFriedman, Anton Garcia Abril & Debora Mesa (Ensamble Studio), Zvi Hecker, Kengo Kuma, Daniel Libeskind, Juergen Mayer H., Glenn Murcutt, Wolf Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au), Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture (Asymptote Architecture) and James Wines (SITE).

Vladimir Belogolovsky is the founder of the New York-based Intercontinental Curatorial Project, which focuses on organizing, curating, and designing architectural exhibitions worldwide. Trained as an architect at Cooper Union in New York, he has written over two hundred articles, as well as five books, Conversations with Architects (DOM, 2015), Harry Seidler: LIFEWORK (Rizzoli, 2014), Felix Novikov (TATLIN, 2009; DOM, 2013), Soviet Modernism: 1955-1985 (TATLIN, 2010), and Green House (TATLIN, 2009).

He has curated extensive international exhibitions including Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture which has travelled the world since 2012; it was shown in over a dozen museums and universities across Europe, North and South America, and Australia.