We live in an almost perfect stillness and work with incredible urgency.
Designs are increasingly winning competitions because they are literally green, and because somewhere they feature a small windmill.
Each building has to be beautiful, but cheap and fast, but it lasts forever. That is already an incredible battery of seemingly contradictory demands. So yes, I'm definitely perhaps contradictory person, but I operate in very contradictory times.
People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it. Of course, that's both liberating and alarming.
Architects work in two ways. One is to respond precisely to a client's needs or demands. Another is to look at what the client asks and reinterpret it.
I think one of the important evolutions is that we no longer feel compulsively the need to argue, or to justify things on a kind of rational level. We are much more willing to admit that certain things are completely instinctive and others are really intellectual.
Infrastructure is much more important than architecture.
That has been my entire life story, running against the current and running with the current. Sometimes running with the current is underestimated.
The acceptance of certain realities doesn't preclude idealism. It can lead to certain breakthroughs.
Escape from the architecture ghetto is one of the major drivers and has been from the very beginning.
Any architectural project we do takes at least four or five years, so increasingly there is a discrepancy between the acceleration of culture and the continuing slowness of architecture.
I am incredibly bad at predicting the future; I am only smart enough to observe the present and listen to my intuition about tendencies.
It is not possible to live in this age if you don't have a sense of many contradictory forces.
It's a weird city because the uglier the weather, the more beautiful the city. And the uglier the buildings, the more coherent the city.
When air conditioning, escalators, and advertising appeared, shopping expanded its scale, but also limited its spontaneity. And it became much more predictable, almost scientific. What had once been the most surprising became the most manipulated.
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