Large-scale public projects require the agreement of large numbers of people. Thom M
I've been such an outsider my whole life.
I'm a private person by nature. I live in my brain half the time, not the world, and I'm not a natural negotiator. But I've learned to negotiate.
I think a lot of people have the Frank Lloyd Wright model in their brains. The architect comes in with this act of creation and lays it down, and that's it. But that's not me.
I think my clients would tell you I'm a problem solver. I'm not there to agree with people. I'm there to articulate a point of view. Am I insistent and tenacious? Absolutely. I could not get this work done if I was not.
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
Descriptions of my work depress me. They make me feel pinned down. Thom Mayn
Look around at day-to-day life for ideas, and it finds its way into your work.
There is no modern prototype for a campus. You have to have a completely different model which has to do with transparency and exposing social connectivity and breaking down the Balkanization that happens departmentally.
The age of recalcitrance is over. The best solution is no longer just to regurgitate a 19th-century design.
I'm not a tabula rasa type. In some ways, the more constraints I have, the work is more interesting to me.
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.
You might say that when you step inside, you're entering a honorific space, but that's something totally different than experiencing it. And in architecture the experience comes first. That has the deepest effect on us.
New York is this cacophony - a collection of radical differences, an agreement of non sequiturs. The diversity and intensity are startling.
In architecture, you arrive so late. I look at doctors, lawyers I know, and they're all buying boats and bailing out at 62. My career is just getting started.
No matter what I've done, what I've tried to do, everybody says it can't be done. And it's continuous across the complete spectrum of the various kind of realities that you confront with your ideas.
Descriptions of my work depress me. They make me feel pinned down. Thom M
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.
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.
My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness.
I have a preference for rough architecture, real, inexpensive, unfinished. 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.
I've been such an outsider my whole life. Thom M
Architecture is the story of how we see ourselves. It is the architect's job to service everyday life.
I have a preference for rough architecture, real, inexpensive, unfinished.
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
We only exist in terms of how we think we exist. Meaning every cultural development is fabricated and can be fabricated.
I lived in a state of rage from 12 to 20. Until college, I was beyond an outsider. I was a voyeur of life.
You can't make anything authentic by asking people what they want because they don't know what they want. That's what they're looking at you for.
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.