Infrastructure is much more important than architecture.
Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.
The stronger the identity, the more it imprisons, the more it resists expansion, interpretation, renewal, contradiction.
Architecture is a hazardous mixture of omnipotence and impotence. It is by definition a c h a o t i c a d v e n t u r e... In other words, the utopian enterprise.
It is not possible to live in this age if you don't have a sense of many contradictory forces.
There are essentially two possibilities. One is to be, shall we say, an average architect and do the same thing everywhere. The other is to let yourself be inspired and even changed by the unique qualities of the place where you're building. We always try to take the second approach.
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.
Talk about beauty and you get boring answers, but talk about ugliness and things get interesting.
A building has at least two lives - the one imagined by its maker and the life it lives afterward - and they are never the same.
Evil can also be beautiful. The Coliseum in Rome, for example, a wonderful structure with an awful past. Just think about the bloody gladiator fights there.
Last Update: 13 April 2021
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