April 1, 2009

Wolf Prix in conversation with Jeffrey Kipnis

Wexner Center for the Arts

 

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

http://www.coop-himmelblau.at/

 

Wexner Center for the Arts

http://www.wexarts.org/

 

From Wexner Center for the Arts Web SiteComments from Wolf Pix intermingled with my own thoughts. 

  • Remove architecture from Earth.
  • Be realistic. Make the impossible possible.
  • It takes a long time to change architecture. It takes a longer time to make radical changes in architecture.
  • My role model is Keith Richard – the influence of music. Architecture must have influence from outside architecture.
  • Architecture influenced by architecture is stagnant.
  • Architecture may not be able to change the world, but architects have to have a mission. Otherwise architecture is just building.
  • Give them something to bite.
  • If clients have not seen it built, they do not want to follow. But architects must say it is buildable.
  • Success: public attraction, meeting point, public space.
  • The new interpretation of public space includes buildings owned by private entities that have public space within them. You can walk through without having to buy anything.
  • Private entities have public interest.
  • An architect’s language is from his culture. Architecture is not international. French Gothic becomes English Gothic – Gothic with English influences.
  • The number of people that experience a building is like the number of people the read a book. Not like the number of people that see a movie.
  • Architectural design process must advance with technology.
  • Computerized fantasy can be built if the young architects can convince the building community that these creative shapes can be built.
  • If architects only think in architectural terms, only buildings with be produced.
  • Events of the time influenced architectural design: space and astronauts.
  • Working with the subconscious is the most important thin in design.
  • Start design with no constraints: economic, constructability.
  • Materialization of Architecture. You cannot stay in the abstract.
  • Must believe and convince the building community that nothing is impossible.
  • Do not design for the objective of being green; environment conservation is within all design.
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