I'm often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That's impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more.
I've always been interested in an architecture of resistance - architecture that has some power over the way we live. Working under adversarial conditions could be seen as a plus because you're offering alternatives. Still, there are situations that make you ask the questions: 'Do I want to be a par
Scientific reality is the modern human condition, and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work.
Large-scale public projects require the agreement of large numbers of people. Thom Mayn
I fought violently for the autonomy of architecture. It's a very passive, weak profession where people deliver a service. You want a blue door, you get a blue door. You want it to look neo-Spanish, you get neo-Spanish. Architecture with any authenticity represents resistance. Resistance is a good th
For me the meaning of my work is much more fluid.
Architecture is involved with the world, but at the same time it has a certain autonomy. This autonomy cannot be explained in terms of traditional logic because the most interesting parts of the work are non-verbal. They operate within the terms of the work, like any art.
I believe that artistic activities change people. You do effect change. I see architecture as a political, social and cultural act - that is its primary role.
Look around at day-to-day life for ideas, and it finds its way into your work. Thom Mayn
We only exist in terms of how we think we exist. Meaning every cultural development is fabricated and can be fabricated.
So at a time in which the media give the public everything it wants and desires, maybe art should adopt a much more aggressive attitude towards the public. I myself am very much inclined to take this position.
We're producing spaces that accommodate human activity. And what I'm interested in is not the styling of that, but the relationship of that as it enhances that activity. And that directly connects to ideas of city-making.
I've grown up a little bit. I understand the importance of the negotiation. It is a collective act.
But I absolutely believe that architecture is a social activity that has to do with some sort of communication or places of interaction, and that to change the environment is to change behaviour.
Our idea of nature is increasingly being determined by scientific developments. And they have become decisive for our image of reality.
I've been such an outsider my whole life.
I think all good architecture should challenge you, make you start asking questions. You don't have to understand it. You may not like it. That's OK.
Who I am as an architect and the history of my work - that's clear to anybody who hires me. But I come in literally with nothing in my brain about what the building will look like.
Architecture is a result of a process of asking questions and testing them and re-interrogating and changing in a repetitive way.
I lived in a state of rage from 12 to 20. Until college, I was beyond an outsider. I was a voyeur of life.
I enjoy working with people. I understand that as a necessity. And clearly that's something that develops as you get older. And I've grown into that.
I have a preference for rough architecture, real, inexpensive, unfinished.
So we can't go backwards, we can only go where the evolutionary trajectory is taking us and attune our ideas about ourselves and our existence to that course.
Architecture is the beginning of something because it's - if you're not involved in first principles, if you're not involved in the absolute, the beginning of that generative process, it's cake decoration.
The multiplicity of ideas is what I'm interested in. Thom M
I don't know any architects that I respect who don't have their own voice. I think the difference between architecture and the other arts is your immersion in reality.
The aesthetic of architecture has to be rooted in a broader idea about human activities like walking, relaxing and communicating. Architecture thinks about how these activities can be given added value.
I'm interested in conflict and confrontation.
The huge problem in our society is the enormous ignorance of the ideas that underlie modern art.
Architecture is a social activity that has to do with some sort of communication or places of interaction, and that to change the environment is to change behaviour.