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'm interested in conflict and confrontation.
Large-scale public projects require the agreement of large numbers of people. Thom Mayn
Scientific reality is the modern human condition, and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work.
I have a preference for rough architecture, real, inexpensive, unfinished. Thom Mayn
Do I provoke as a method of investigation? Of course. That's the essence of architecture. Do I do it with gusto? I do.
I have a preference for rough architecture, real, inexpensive, unfinished.
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.
The age of recalcitrance is over. The best solution is no longer just to regurgitate a 19th-century design.
Large-scale public projects require the agreement of large numbers of people. Thom M
It's too simplistic to advance the notion of the autonomy of art as a reason for turning away from the public. You can have autonomy and simultaneously have connections with the social and political world.
So I am totally aware that when I defend the autonomy of art I'm going counter to my own development. It's more an instinctive reaction, meant to protect the private aspect of the work, the part I am most interested in and which nowadays is at risk in our culture.
Art in progress. MAK has occupied a unique and valuable space as international host for discourse between the arts and architecture.
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. Thom M
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.
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.
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.
For me the meaning of my work is much more fluid.
I'm not a tabula rasa type. In some ways, the more constraints I have, the work is more interesting to me.
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.
Look around at day-to-day life for ideas, and it finds its way into your work.
I'm interested in conflict and confrontation. Thom Mayn
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.
In Paris, there has to be a presence. History becomes the most interesting when it's compared to the present. I mean there's a whole group of people that want to build new buildings that look like old buildings.
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.
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
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.
I've been such an outsider my whole life.
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.