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Our idea of nature is increasingly being determined by scientific developments. And they have become decisive for our image of reality.
I’m often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That’s impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more.
I’ve always been interested in an architecture of resistance – architecture that has some power over the way we live. Working under adversarial conditions could be seen as a plus because you’re offering alternatives. Still, there are situations that make you ask the questions: ‘Do I want to be a part of this?’
We only exist in terms of how we think we exist. Meaning every cultural development is fabricated and can be fabricated.
Do I provoke as a method of investigation? Of course. That’s the essence of architecture. Do I do it with gusto? I do.
We’re producing spaces that accommodate human activity. And what I’m interested in is not the styling of that, but the relationship of that as it enhances that activity. And that directly connects to ideas of city-making.
I think my clients would tell you I’m a problem solver. I’m not there to agree with people. I’m there to articulate a point of view. Am I insistent and tenacious? Absolutely. I could not get this work done if I was not.
Architecture is the beginning of something because it’s – if you’re not involved in first principles, if you’re not involved in the absolute, the beginning of that generative process, it’s cake decoration.
The multiplicity of ideas is what I’m interested in.
Look around at day-to-day life for ideas, and it finds its way into your work.
New York is this cacophony – a collection of radical differences, an agreement of non sequiturs. The diversity and intensity are startling.
I think all good architecture should challenge you, make you start asking questions. You don’t have to understand it. You may not like it. That’s OK.
It’s too simplistic to advance the notion of the autonomy of art as a reason for turning away from the public. You can have autonomy and simultaneously have connections with the social and political world.
So we can’t go backwards, we can only go where the evolutionary trajectory is taking us and attune our ideas about ourselves and our existence to that course.
The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance of the ideas that underlie modern art.
Architecture is the story of how we see ourselves. It is the architect’s job to service everyday life.
I fought violently for the autonomy of architecture. It’s a very passive, weak profession where people deliver a service. You want a blue door, you get a blue door. You want it to look neo-Spanish, you get neo-Spanish. Architecture with any authenticity represents resistance. Resistance is a good thing.
I’ve grown up a little bit. I understand the importance of the negotiation. It is a collective act.
Architecture is a result of a process of asking questions and testing them and re-interrogating and changing in a repetitive way.
Descriptions of my work depress me. They make me feel pinned down.
Who I am as an architect and the history of my work – that’s clear to anybody who hires me. But I come in literally with nothing in my brain about what the building will look like.
Find a place that you are comfortable with. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Make a lot of mistakes.
But I absolutely believe that architecture is a social activity that has to do with some sort of communication or places of interaction, and that to change the environment is to change behaviour.
I’m a private person by nature. I live in my brain half the time, not the world, and I’m not a natural negotiator. But I’ve learned to negotiate.