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Heroic architecture

An extraordinary article has come to our attention from the pen of the San Francisco Chronicle’s senior movie writer Ruthe Stein, in which she muses on the current vogue for architects in recent Hollywood blockbusters. For evidence she points to the fact that Keanu Reaves, Adam Sandler and Luke Wilson have played architects in recent years. The hack then turns to Robert Osborne, who is apparently the host of lesser-known cable channel Turner Classic Movies to find out why. This is his almost unbelievable response: ‘With architects you have an image of someone above reproach and not damaged, the way lawyers and judges and even doctors have been,’ he says. But wait. There’s more. ‘There are very, very few professions that still have a ring of heroism about them, and architecture is one of the few that does. If an architect is portrayed going off the deep end, it’s always because they are so committed to what they’re doing and that’s an honourable thing. And it’s one of the last manly professions – you are building something outdoors.’ To be honest, it’s exactly what Astragal has always said.

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