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Bilbao Wins, But Which Architects Nominated Themselves to Vanity Fair List?

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It's here! It's finally here! Angelina Jolie talking about her kids in Vanity Fair only happens once every one or two years guys, so enjoy it. Kidding! We're talking about VF's architecture survey, for which the magazine asked 50 architects and scholars "what are the five most important buildings, bridges, or monuments constructed since 1980, and what is the greatest work of architecture thus far in the 21st century." The clear winner, with 28 votes, was Frank Gehry's Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. LA was not terribly well represented on the list, but Gehry's Disney Hall made a few ballots. Richard Meier voted for his own Getty Center, and Eric Owen Moss voted for his own Stealth/Umbrella complex in Culver City. Wolf Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au voted for EOM's Culver City coffee filter tower. One of the few LA architects who didn't vote for his own project was Neil Denari--someone give him a prize.

New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger picked the most winners out of everyone voting. Renzo Piano says Gehry is good friends with his 10 year old son, "because they are the same mental age." Piano's Menil Collection in Houston came in second place, and Peter Zumthor's Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland came in third. Only three women made the list: Zaha Hadid, Maya Lin, and Elizabeth Diller of Diller, Scofidio and Renfro.

And just for kicks, who besides Meier and Moss voted for himself? Architects, always with the self-promotion:

Tadao Ando (Church of the Light, Osaka, Japan)
Steven Holl (Nelson-Atkins Museum addition, Kansas City, Missouri)
Hans Hollein (The Architecture Pill)
Michael Holzer (Funder Factory 3, Austria)
Daniel Liebeskind (Jewish Museum, Berlin)
Cesar Pelli (Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur)
James Stewart Polshek (Rose Center for Earth and Space, American Museum of Natural History, New York)
Wolf D. Prix (BMW Welt, Munich)
Jaquelin T. Robertson (New communities in: Celebration, Florida [with Robert A. M. Stern]; Watercolor, Florida); Battery Park City, New York [with Stanton Eckstut])
Ricardo Scofidio (Blur Building, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland)
Bernard Tschumi (Parc de la Villette, Paris; Acropolis Museum, Athens)Tokyo Rafael Viñoly (International Forum, Japan)

And here are Denari's pics for most important buildings and projects built since the 1980s:

Mediatheque Building, Sendai, Japan (Toyo Ito)
Seattle Public Library (Rem Koolhaas/O.M.A.)
Yokohama Port Terminal, Japan (Foreign Office Architects)
Cooper Union Building, New York (Thom Mayne/Morphosis)
Allianz Arena, Munich (Herzog & de Meuron)
And his choice "for the most significant work of architecture created so far in the 21st century": Disney Hall, Los Angeles (Frank Gehry)
· Vanity Fair’s World Architecture Survey: the Complete Results [Vanity Fair]
· Architecture in the Age of Gehry [Vanity Fair]