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More starchitecture backlash: Finance and Commerce magazine covered Slate architecture critic Witold Rybczynski's keynote address at this week's American Planning Association (APA) conference in Minneapolis, a speech in which Rybczynski addressed the recent arrogance of architects who expect their buildings to become instant icons. In the past, Rybczynski told the audience, the public, rather than the architect, decided which structures would become famous. For example, the Empire State Building, "was 'a very handsome' high rise, but not the best design of its time, he said." According to Rybczynski, the Sydney Opera House, designed by the late Jorn Utzon, and Frank Gehry's Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, were two of the first "instant-icon" status buildings, but their success distorted "this idea you can create an icon," Rybczynski said. In other words, simmer down, architects. But can't the developers be blamed, too? [Finance and Commerce]