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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 part of this?

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Architecture is the story of how we see ourselves. It is the architect's job to service everyday life.

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Architecture is a negotiated art, and it's highly political, and if you want to make buildings, there is diplomacy required.

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Architecture is a result of a process of asking questions and testing them and re-interrogating and changing in a repetitive way.

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