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In times of economic and ecological frugality, is there still room for excess? While it can sometimes be condemned for the costs it generates and the environmental footprint it leaves, excess in architecture is also, in some ways, the last bastion of creativity. Without excess, there would be no Brasília and no Sagrada Família, nor Al‐Khazneh or Córdoba, Pompidou Centre in Paris or Chrysler Building in New York. Without excess, no Louvre Abu Dhabi nor Elbphilharmonie. Whether bigness, classicism, boldness, ambition, delirium or exaggeration, excess, so condemnable today, is missing in this hour of sacrosanct frugality. Without it, what would become of avant‐gardes?
Art : "Not everything will leave a trace in history", interview with Catherine MilletCinéma : The epic: It's all about to set Design : One too manyInterview : Ravit Helled, astrophysicistPortrait : Ricardo BofillUtopies : La tour E-volo, objet architectural du futurBuilding : Zaha Hadid Architects, Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Arts Centre, China, 2019 ; Raj Rewal Associates, Jang-E-Azadi Memorial, Kartapur, Pendjab, India, 2018 ; MAD Architects, Beihai Fake Hills, Huangshan Mountain Village, Beijing Chaoyang Park Plaza, China, 2015-2017 ; Michael Graves Architecture & Design, Statue of Unity, Kevadia, Gujarat, India, 2019Essay : Architecture pulled by 36 OxenExpertise : "Opulence and Frugality", interview with Philippe Rahm
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