Design: An a List for the Baby Boom

Singling out the decade's up-and-coming young architects

Prevailing fashions in architecture, being fashions, tend to change course at just the moment they become mainstream doctrine. The effect (although not the intention, usually) is to make outsiders and stylistic slow learners scramble to catch up. Thus today, as the giant architectural firms have begun routinely gussying up their new high-rise towers in pseudoantique brica-brac -- fake Corinthian columns, pediments and pyramidal tops -- the cutting edge has glided past. As postmodern cliches become ubiquitous, in other words, the movement is becoming passe.

The mid-'80s shift in the consensus among cognoscenti has just been made ^ especially clear. This is...

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