The New York Times recently published an article titled “Optimism Breeds Opportunity.” The title was a little misleading, the only opportunity they talked about in great detail were the buildings being erected on other side of the world. Although they briefly mentioned Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony building opening next month in Miami, the majority of the focus was on the Middle East and China. According to Nicolai Ouroussoff at the NYT, “architecture, generally speaking, is in a slump worldwide, and no one knows for certain how or when it will emerge from its doldrums. When it does, it is not likely to be in the United States, but in China, South America or the Middle East.” A rendering of Frank Gehry’s New World Symphony building in Miami.

What do you think about the above statement?

Vanity Fair asked 52 of the world’s experts in architecture the following two questions:

“What are the five most important buildings, bridges, or monuments constructed since 1980 and what is the greatest work of architecture thus far in the 21st century?”

Some of the noted experts included Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, Daniel Libeskind and Richard Meier.  An overwhelming majority of those surveyed choose Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

It’s hard not to see why Gehry’s massive, titanium-clad structure with its curving pillars and glass-and-steel ceiling is considered as the greatest work of architecture in the 21st century.

“Bilbao is truly a signal moment in the architectural culture,” says the Pulitzer Prize—winning critic Paul Goldberger, author of Why Architecture Matters (2009). “The building blazed new trails and became an extraordinary phenomenon. It was one of those rare moments when critics, academics, and the general public were all completely united about something.”

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What do you consider the greatest work of architecture in the 21st century?

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