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Architecture’s Prima Donna Assoluta
Architecture’s Prima Donna Assoluta

Wed, 20 Sept


East Horsley Village Hall

Architecture’s Prima Donna Assoluta

Zaha Hadid is as much architect as artist – a true Starchitect

Time & location

20 Sept 2023, 10:30

East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Ave, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6QT

About the event

Galaxy of Starchitects:

Santiago Calatrava, Terry Farrell, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Jean Nouvel, I.M.Pei, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers: all these are starchitects. Starchitects are stratospheric. Their buildings straddle the world, if not as yet the universe. Their practices are vast and vastly cosmopolitan. Their creations are hailed as iconic and cutting-edge. Cities have been energised by them. Design has been stamped by them. Perhaps….but what about the quality? And whence came they? Who was the first starchitect? Le Corbusier? Frank Lloyd Wright? And are we about to see the last of them as personality implodes into team anonymity and explodes into a mass of initials? Who knows? Here, as lecture or study day, I offer an opportunity for due reflection on a Galaxy of Starchitects.

About the speaker

Clyde Binfield, Man of Kent, Cambridge graduate, cruise lecturer, Professor Emeritus in History University of Sheffield, he is a straight-up-and-down historian returning to some first and last loves - buildings, their creators and their settings.

This event is free to members.

Visitors are welcome to join us - £5 on the door.

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