August 15, 2014

"The world is filled with billions of people, and most of them live in conditions where they will never see an architect or an architect-designed space..."

"... To have a first-rate architect pay attention to those in need of shelter, and build better-quality buildings to serve their aesthetic and human needs — that is wonderful."

Said Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who was a member of the jury that awarded the Pritzker Prize to the architect Shigeru Ban, the subject of "Paper Palaces/The architect of the dispossessed meets the one per cent."

6 comments:

EDH said...

"The world is filled with billions of people, and most of them live in conditions where they will never see an architect or an architect-designed space..."

Obama's approach is to invite them all over to stay, permanently, until we too need papier-mâché buildings.

madAsHell said...

I skimmed the article.
I believe the architect found the author to be a fool.

Anonymous said...

Steve Jobs believed he grew up in an Eichler house that was an inexpensive, but designed, space with heated floors, etc. It turns out that it was actually a Mackay - although the design of Eichler’s original architects, Anshen and Allen. Steve Wozniak did grow up in an Eichler.

In any case, SJ credited Eichler homes as "the main inspiration for developing an aesthetic sensibility for the modernist and for the simple."

Popville said...

My standard response to architecture is the Bernard Rudofsky book on vernacular housing Architecture Without Architects.

Popville said...

And I did read the New Yorker story...

MadisonMan said...

Dear me. I'm living in a space not designed by an award-winning architect.

However will I survive?