Leading Italian architects are protesting about an invasion of foreigners, the Guardian newspaper reports. In an open letter to the Italian government, 35 of Italy's architects have called for a...

Leading Italian architects are protesting about an "invasion of foreigners", the Guardian newspaper reports. In an open letter to the Italian government, 35 of Italy's architects have called for a halt to the museums, galleries and other public buildings being designed by these "international superstars" such as Zaha Hadid, Lord Foster and Richard Meier.

Lord Foster is working on a masterplan for a new community near Milan and a new train station in Florence.The Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid is constructing a Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and the Chinese architect IM Pei is designing a regional authority building in Milan. The Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is working on projects in Milan and Florence.This month the American architect Richard Meier will unveil the first modern building to be erected in Rome's historic centre in decades.

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