Thursday, December 10, 2009

Spiderman Stirs Controversy Among Architects

Actor Tobey Maguire (left), popularly known for his movie role as Spiderman, has stirred up debate in the architecture world by asking Pritzker Prize laureate Peter Zumthor (right) to design a house for him in LA.

First, Maquire scores points for being smart enough to even know to ask someone like Zumthor to design a house for him. While, Zumthor is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect he is not particularly a household name outside the world of architecture and he doesn't have the star power of someone like LA's Frank Gehry.

How did someone as young as Maguire even know about the elderly Mr. Zumthor from Switzerland?

Some are questioning whether Zumthor's deceptively discrete style is appropriate for LA. This would be Zumthor's first house in LA.

And of course, there are always those who wonder why people don't use their own very capable LA architects and look to outsiders for designs.

Spiderman and Tobey Maguire might be just enough of a draw to get students talking about architecture, the Pritzker Prize, and Peter Zumthor.

Click on the heading above to read the NY Times article about Zumthor winning the 2009 Pritzker Prize.

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