Vanity Fair asked 52 prominent architects and critics to list the five most important works of architecture created since 1980. They didn't ask me, so here's my list.
Dialoge 09 Neues Museum by Sasha Waltz and Guests is a real gem.
The Neues Museum in Berlin, which reopened in 2009 after an extensive renovation led by David Chipperfield, is an amazing building with a wonderful collection.
The Informal City is governed by an inverse logic of the fixed and the ephemeral. Rigid structures are temporary and can be replaced at any time, whereas ephemeral structures are permanent, not in terms of site or structure, but as building types that pop up everywhere and at any time.
There is a remarkable correlation between the world of contemporary architecture and financial markets.
Interesting documentary about the sprawling informal developments in the hills around Caracas. The film also provides fascinating insights into the economics of slum dwellings.
Global Cities is a pared down version of the main exhibition at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale.
"Zaha Hadid: Architecture and Design" at London's Design Museum provides an excellent survey of Zaha Hadid's work to date.
The Le Corbusier retrospective currently at the Netherlands Architecture Institute is a must-see if you're interested in architecture. It covers every aspect of Le Corbusier's life and work.
"Architecture of the Night/Luminous Buildings", an excellent exhibition at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, traces the history of the use of artificial light in architecture.
There are some spectacular photos at the exhibition "Spectacular City. Photographing the Future" at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, but as a showcase of the city or urban photography it falls short.
Although the exhibition looks a bit like Content-light it is an excellent survey of the numerous projects OMA has designed and proposed over the past 25 years in The Hague.