L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui is an international magazine, decidedly contemporary and open to the disciplines of urbanism, design, art, and landscape architecture. Under Jean Nouvel’s direction, the magazine is supported by a prestigious editorial board, composed by architects such as Shigeru Ban, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano and many others among its members.
This is the "Bigness" issue. In times of economic and ecological frugality, is there still room for excess? While it can sometimes be condemned for the costs it generates and the environmental footprint it leaves, excess in architecture is also, in some ways, the last bastion of creativity. Without excess, there would be no Brasília and no Sagrada Família, nor Al‐Khazneh or Córdoba, Pompidou Centre in Paris or Chrysler Building in New York. Without excess, no Louvre Abu Dhabi nor Elbphilharmonie. Whether bigness, classicism, boldness, ambition, delirium or exaggeration, excess, so condemnable today, is missing in this hour of sacrosanct frugality. Without it, what would become of avant‐gardes?