The top echelons of architecture have never been contention-free. Filippo Brunelleschi’s plan for the great Renaissance Duomo in Florence was scorned as impossible to realize, and everyone scoffed at Gustave Eiffel’s Parisian monument—before it became an icon. And people are still debating whether Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum spiral in New York is a good place to show art more than 50 years after it was completed. Today the pioneers are called “starchitects,” but the controversies remain, as demonstrated by a host of current kerfuffles.
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