The size thing is not some gimmick or attention-getting trick but a genuine undercurrent of the work. Frank Gehry for instance likes to imagine his buildings as sculptures. I like to imagine my sculptures as architectural.
I studied at a time when buildings were sterile things, and their creators were hands-off people - super-intelligent people, but you felt they didn't love the stuff buildings are made from.
I jumped between two seven-story buildings in Los Angeles, launching from one rooftop to the other with ramps.
The English truly understand the dynamic between buildings and land.
My buildings are not particularly expensive. It is not a tin shed. If you want a tinny car, you pay for that.
What's similar between Britain and America is the lack of good-quality civic buildings.
It's not about doing over the living room of someone who has bad taste in color. This is about restoring historic buildings and instilling pride in a community, which can be done through designing new public spaces and social gathering spots.
I don't usually go in for reviews of buildings that aren't yet built, since you can tell only so much from drawings and plans, and, besides, has there ever been a building that didn't look great as a model?
The horrific damage of 9/11 did not end when those buildings came down.
There is a backlash against me and everyone who has done buildings that have movement and feeling.
There are people who design buildings that are not technically and financially good, and there are those who do. Two categories - simple.
My buildings are all on budget.
I don't think all buildings have to be iconic, but the history of the world has shown us that cultures build iconic buildings for their major public buildings.
BASE jumping is skydiving from fixed objects, like buildings, antennae, bridges and earth - meaning mountains, cliffs. It's for sure - for me - it's the ultimate feeling of being in free fall, with all the visual references.
I wanted to experience New York, to look up and see buildings.
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