The world of architecture has mounted a bit of a backlash against the celebrity architecture list that Vanity Fair published earlier this summer. If you've checked out the list, you'll notice there is a shocking lack of green architecture, and a lot of people are taking notice. Vanity Fair asked 52 experts to choose the five most important works of architecture created since 1980 resulting in a list of 21 buildings, with Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum topping the list. We were shocked at how few green architecture projects was represented in Vanity Fair's A-list, so we were glad to see that Architect Magazine decided to make their own list -- the G-List. Read on for a look at the top green buildings constructed since 1980!
Lance Hosey, like all of us, was a little perturbed at the Vanity Fair A-List, which gave no real credit to green architecture and was more about celebrity architecture than anything. So Hosey decided to conduct his own survey and asked 150 green building experts and advocates — including architects, engineers, educators, and critics from the U.S., the UK, Europe, and Asia — to name “the five most-important green buildings since 1980,” using whatever criteria they liked. He took the first 52 responses, just like VF did and compiled a list of 18 buildings.
Some interesting results of the G-List survey as compared to the A-List reveal that the G-List is much more progressive, with the average age of the buildings numbering seven years compared to Vanity Fair’s list, which was 17 years. As Hosey says, “the A-List seems riddled with nostalgia.” Another interesting revelation is that not a single building repeats itself in either list, and not a single American architecture firm is included.
The survey for the G-List announced the California Academy of Sciences by Renzo Piano Workshop as the top green building of the 21st century. What do you think about the G-List — is it a welcome respite to Vanity Fair’s A-List?