The circulation of news and images: Star architecture and its media effects

Nadia Alaily-Mattar, Alain Thierstein

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Based on the idea that star architecture projects cannot be read at ground level only, instead, the media is their primary site of reading as Foster (2008) has argued of Pop architecture, this chapter reads star architecture projects through the media. The "Bilbao effect" idea has supported the circulation of the unproven assumption that a star architecture project can disrupt or transform the image of a city in the media. Making use of case studies of three public cultural facilities commissioned to star architects and put into use in three medium-sized cities in Europe in the past 10 years, this chapter investigates the extent to which a transformation of exposure in the print media has accompanied the development of star architecture projects in their respective cities. Findings of quantitative research of selected international and national newspapers and media platforms are presented. This chapter concludes that despite possible increase in the inauguration year, star architecture can have quite short-lived quantitative media effects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbout Star Architecture
Subtitle of host publicationReflecting on Cities in Europe
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030239251
ISBN (Print)9783030239244
StatePublished - 16 Mar 2020


  • Bilbao effect
  • City marketing
  • Image
  • Media
  • Star architecture


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