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Architectural design competitions
Architectural design competitions truly represent the spirit of the age or the "zeitgist". In fact the competition entries and award wining designs show case "snapshots of a particular architectural era and the prevailing architectural philosophy.

So it is not wrong to say that architectural competitions "mirror"the history of architecture. Some of the most remarkable works of architecture in last 400 years owe their existence to architectural competitions.

The distinguished club includes The "Duomo" in Florence by Brunelleschi, city of Brasilia, Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre, just to name a few.

The issue here is whether this is the best method to create great architecture, encourage young and unknown talent and launch great careers. Do such competitions always deliver desired result as envisaged by the promoters or users? Are these competitions above favouritism and lack of transparency?

At the end of the day are the architectural competitions worth the trouble?
Sambuddha Sen
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Architectural design competitions
Sambuddha, If the Pompidou Centre and the Sydney Opera House are the fruit of architectural competitions then the tree which bore them has termites.

To me such "iconic" designs should be representative of the culture and not look like something built anonymously by non-humanoid aliens from Space. But on the other hand, these "iconic" designs are useful because they are valuable warning indicators of the health (or otherwise) of the culture within which they are built.

C. Northcote Parkinson (a rather cyncial observer of bureaucrats and bureaucracy), wrote a little book called "Parkinson`s Laws" in which one of his laws was "People rise to the level of their incompetence." And this can be applied to the notion of `what is great architecture`, given that the world is now run by bureaucrats and bureaucracies and not cultures.
Frank John Snelling
Architectural design competitions
I'm totally agreed what's said you above.You'r 100% good here that the competition entries and award wining designs show case "snapshots of a particular architectural era and the prevailing architectural philosophy.
Allan Allan
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