"I think every city is allowed one Frank Gehry building, but could you imagine an entire city made out of Frank Gehry buildings?" says John Torti of Torti Gallas + Partners.
The image above, of "starchitect" buildings assembled in a poster by starchitect Rem Koolhaas, is one way of imagining such a city. All of the buildings, designed by top architects, compete for attention on a grand scale and they don't come close to creating a beautiful, functional city.
A functional city is mostly design with buildings that are designed to make everything around them look better—not as isolated sculptural objects that call attention to themselves.