Anne Robinson, Karen Saxby
The ideas of architects are usually conveyed by their buildings. Vladimir Belogolovsky takes a different approach in his new work. The New York based author gives a detailed picture of contemporary architects - through words. The publication consisting of almost 600 pages presents interviews with 30 architects, which Belogolovsky conducted in the framework of his long-term, international activities as a curator and author. The names of the interviewees read like a "Who-is-Who" of modern architecture.The fame surrounding these avant-garde masters has eclipsed merely professional circles and reached the conscience of the wide general public. Their iconic work has attracted so much attention over the last years in the mass media that it is often referred to as Starchitecture. Interviews with: David Adjaye, Will Alsop, Alejandro Aravena, Shigeru Ban, Elizabeth Diller, Winka Dubbeldam, Peter Eisenman, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Bjarke Ingels, Kengo Kuma, Daniel Libeskind, Jurgen Hermann Mayer, Giancarlo Mazzanti, Richard Meier, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Glenn Murcutt, Gregg Pasquarelli, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Wolf Prix, Kevin Roche, Robert Stern, Sergei Tchoban and Sergey Kuznetsov, Bernard Tschumi, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Rafael Vinoly, Alexandro Zaera-Polo.
"A good interview requires an interlocutor who has researched his subject but manifests a lively curiosity to discover more... Vladimir Belogolovsky seems to have mastered it, for he draws enlightening responses from 30 widely varied practitioners in Conversations with Architects in the Age of Celebrity. The interviews range over a decade and almost all sound fresh--as though these architects were talking about themselves and their work for the first time." --Michael Webb, Form Magazine, Stockholm
"Curator Vladimir Belogolovsky conducts in-depth interviews with two prestigious historians, Charles Jencks and Kenneth Frampton, to make them voice their opinions on the stardom phenomenon, and thirty 'famous' architects, some on the rise and others veterans, to have them explain their work or life path. The result is an exciting kaleidoscope." --Eduardo Prieto, Arquitectura Viva, Madrid
"In this complete compendium of master builders, Belogolovsky gives us a fascinating tour of the men and a few women behind some of the best buildings constructed around the world in the last few decades and shows us what they think they are doing, what they look at, and how they would like us to see them." --Aaron Betsky
"The interviews are a delight to read, thanks to Belogolovsky's probing questions and his curiosity as to an architect's motives. The best conversations are the long ones where the architects are open and when the two are able to delve further into specific projects or ways of thinking." --John Hill, A Daily Dose of Architecture, New York