Monday quote

‘Design is too important to be left to designers.’

Ravi Naidoo, Design and Politics talk
Eindhoven, 22 October 2017
Good design for a bad world, Dutch Design Week

(watch the full Design & Politics talk here)


Monday Quote

‘Great architecture has the capacity to adapt to changing functional uses without losing one bit of its dignity or one bit of its original intention’.

Tom Krens, former Guggenheim Director, discussing the S.R Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright

Monday Quote

‘Architecture is a profession of an endless explanation.’

Rem Koolhaas, The Factory Panel: Spaces for Culture
Manchester, 8th July 2017, Old Granada Studios
in coversation with  Ellen van Loon and Hans Ulrich Obrist


(Thank you #MIF (Manchester International Festival) for bringing Rem Koolhaas to Manchester for not just one but two inspirational talks. Expect more quotes from him in the following weeks.)

Monday quote

‘Cities are both the source of progress and the source of division and left to their own devices they will not heal themselves’.

Richard Florida, Urbanist
Monocle, The Urbanist, Episode 290: The New Urban Crisis [15:50]
4 May 2017

(While I most certainly agree with the first part of this statement, the second bit makes me wonder: What happened to organic cities? Aren’t most urban planners inspired by old cities? Don’t they try to artificially mimic organic development today? And if so, is it so unthinkable to just let cities heal themselves… organically?)

Monday Quote

‘I don’t think there is any possibility for architecture to be a work of art. I’ve always thought that art was non-functional and useless. Architecture serves needs which are specifically functional and useful. Therefore, architecture as a work of art is a contradiction in terms.’

Richard Serra, 1994
An Opinionated Museum Goer, Interview by Brenda Richardson