The schlock of the new

Celebrity architects such as Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster and Daniel Libeskind are in high demand and pump out designs apparently aimed more at attracting attention, like Renaissance codpieces, than enhancing a city's traditional streetscape. Some of their creations are imaginative, stylish and practical; some are not, or are fine creations plunked at the wrong address.

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