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 been such an outsider my whole life. 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.
Do I provoke as a method of investigation? Of course. That's the essence of architecture. Do I do it with gusto? I do.
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.
Descriptions of my work depress me. They make me feel pinned down.
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 lived in a state of rage from 12 to 20. Until college, I was beyond an outsider. I was a voyeur of life.
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
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.
I'm interested in conflict and confrontation. Thom Mayn
I have a preference for rough architecture, real, inexpensive, unfinished. Thom Mayn
I have a preference for rough architecture, real, inexpensive, unfinished.
Look around at day-to-day life for ideas, and it finds its way into your work.
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've been such an outsider my whole life.
Large-scale public projects require the agreement of large numbers of people.
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 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.
Descriptions of my work depress me. They make me feel pinned down. Thom M
We only exist in terms of how we think we exist. Meaning every cultural development is fabricated and can be fabricated.
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.
I'm not just influenced by the '60s - it's who I am. I grew up with Allen Ginsberg and Che Guevara. I flirted with various forms of communism when it was way out of style. It was this really strange and creative time in music and culture, and it was fabulous.
Architecture is the story of how we see ourselves. It is the architect's job to service everyday life.
For me the meaning of my work is much more fluid. Thom Mayn
Our idea of nature is increasingly being determined by scientific developments. And they have become decisive for our image of reality.
Scientific reality is the modern human condition, and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work.
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.
Architecture is a negotiated art, and it's highly political, and if you want to make buildings, there is diplomacy required.
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.