Crowned looks at signature architecture and skylines as the jewellery of our global culture. Having photographed in the regions at the forefront of urban growth over many years, I have seen cities scrambling for attention-grabbing architecture to put themselves on the map. This phenomenon, once limited to a few leading world cities, has jumped and accelerated all around the world.
In these photographs local context is minimised. The architecture is emphasised as a global type that is not necessarily interested in local context or local culture. Rather it is an architecture of grand objects – brazen symbols of corporate and political power keenly worn by our cities.
The photographs trace the aspiration, boldness and complexity of our global culture in the tech-enabled forms and elaborate facades of its architecture.