The British architecture is quite interesting because some of the most admired architects around the world are British. I also make a reference to the RIBA's Stirling prizes, because only two out of the six short listed buildings are found in Britain. Hence, the question is why the works of these architects are more recognized and appreciated abroad than in UK.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is the UK leading body for architecture and architectural professionalism. It provides supports for over 40,500 members worldwide with training, technical services, publications and other events (e.g. the RIBA's Stirling prizes award). The RIBA works in collaboration with the British government in order to improve the qualities, designs of public building and new homes. Every year, the RIBA gives award for an outstanding architecture in Europe. The winning architect receives a cash prize of £20,000. The prize has the name of the great British architect Sir James Stirling (1926-1992). The Museum of Modern Literature in Germany, designed by David CHIPPERFIELD, was declared the winner of 2007 edition (www.architecture.com).
What we can observe on this video clip that British architects are famous all around the world. Indeed, David CHIPPERFIELD has two buildings on the Stirling prize's shortlist, one in Spain, the America's Cup Building, and one in Germany, the museum of modern literature. And he thinks that English people tend to regard modern things as something bombastically different (BBC News: www.news.bbc.co.uk).
So for him, British are not ready to appreciate modern things. He also thinks "Britain gets the architecture it deserves. We don't value architecture, we don't take it seriously, we don't want to pay for it and the architect isn't trusted" (UK News: www.timesonline.co.uk). For him, architects are not enough trusted and recognized for their work, because British prefer pay for a standard house or... [continues]
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