Paul Goldberger is an American architectural critic and educator who is very active in the public debate on creativity, innovation and architecture. Goldberger’s many books include Why Architecture Matters (2009), a celebration of works of architecture that “embrace the deepest complexities of human understanding”; Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture (2009), a collection of his essays; and Christo and Jeanne-Claude (2010), a retrospective of the environmental artists’ life and work. He is currently at work on a book-length biography of Frank Gehry, to be published in 2015.
In an interesting lecture he gave at Berkeley University in April, he looks at whether cities are becoming more and more the same, and why, and what the implications for this are for the future. Can we in the 21st Century any more build special places? Enjoy!