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© Miranda Koopman
© Christian Richters
Stadhouderskade 113
1073 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
P.: (+31) 20-570-2040
www.unstudio.com
UNStudio
0981
You can always renew, reinvent, and
rediscover things about buildings. New
production techniques and materials
are constantly evolving and leading to
design innovations. But we also find
inspiration in new uses, effects, and
concepts.
0983
Thank God that architecture is not art.
Architects suffer less from self-imposed
restrictions and instructions than
artists. Of course architects labor
under the same yoke as anyone else.
The architect faces the client and
engages with questions of utility,
economy, and construction. The fact
that the architectural search for form is
invested with so many questions and
demands makes it easy.
0982
Innovation exists! You just have to
accept that today, innovation is
impossible on your own. Real, significant
innovation occurs when several people
simultaneously have the same idea and
move in the same direction. Experiment
by working with others, including other
architects. What do you have to lose?
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0986
More often than not Architects are
disciplined and relatively humble. Being
closely related to engineers, the traits
of perseverance and patience run deep
in the architectural personality. If you
allow your true self to come forward,
you will discover a surprisingly
accommodating, even faintly servile
side to yourself that finds pleasure in
servicing the infinitely more complex
character of the client.
0984
The good thing about producing a
building is that people continue
interacting with it for a long time, much
more so than with a new film or novel.
The product of architecture can at least
be partly understood as an endless live
performance. The project transforms,
becomes abstracted, concentrated and
expanded, diverse and ever more
scaleless. The true nature of architecture
is found in the interaction between the
architect, the project, and the public.
0985
Thank God that architecture is art. Or is
at least halfway art, tracing movement
patterns and user groups, and the
various virtual and infrastructural ways
in which we distribute ourselves across
the globe. Yet what does it all mean?
These numbers tell us too little about
the motives triggering these patterns,
or about the effects of these structures
and constellations. We end up sculpting
the statistics, painting with information
in bold, brutal brushstrokes or refined
minimalist gestures, just like any old
artist.
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0988
We can go to the core of our
understanding of time and space, and
discover processes that, in themselves,
discover proliferation instead of
atrophy as a paradigm for architecture.
0987
The practice of architecture occupies
a privileged position in the roving,
capitalist-driven contemporary world of
work. You can be an architect on your
own, with a small atelier, with a huge
factory-type design studio, or operate
within a network. You can be good, bad,
or mediocre. However you choose to
exercise your profession, you are
sustained by your training and your
unique expertise, which still comes
down to a combination of ancient ways
of thinking and modern material
knowledge.
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0989
Don’t be shy! When all is said and done
architecture does take up a lot of
space, so the least you can do is say
something. Make a statement, put
across an idea. It is the construction
manager’s role to be the silent hero;
the architect’s to be Donald Duck, the
desperate chatterer full of bright ideas.
0990
It’s over; you may never have to do
another building or another project
again. In the present day “the building”
is a rarity. In seventeen years we
realized only three houses and two
museums; the other projects that made
it into reality were all hybrids, complex
packages of needs and desires relating
to urban life, transportation, and mixed
program uses. But that does not mean
you have to disappear as an architect.
Few people have been trained to
cultivate the encompassing imagining
powers that architects possess. In the
complex situations that characterize
today’s densely populated, increasingly
urbanized sites, which are increasingly
striated by infrastructural connections
and hubs, those imagining skills are
vital.
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