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.

-Thom Mayne
Thom Mayne

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.

Thom Mayne
Large-scale public projects require the agreement of large numbers of people. Thom Mayn
Thom Mayne

I've grown up a little bit. I understand the importance of the negotiation. It is a collective act.

Thom Mayne
I've learned that in order to achieve what I wanted, it made more sense to negotiate than to defend the autonomy of my work by pounding my fist on the table.
Thom Mayne

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.

Thom Mayne
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.
Thom Mayne

The multiplicity of ideas is what Im interested in.

Thom Mayne
I'm interested in conflict and confrontation.
Thom Mayne

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.

Thom Mayne
Look around at day-to-day life for ideas, and it finds its way into your work. Thom Mayn