Yona Friedman in 1980 in his atelier

In Memoriam of Theorist Yona Friedman (1923 – 2020)

Yona Friedman, the Hungarian-born French architect, urban planner and designer who helped develop the concept of “mobile architecture” in the 1960s and 70s, has passed away at age 96. In 1958, Yona Friedman published his first manifesto: “Mobile architecture” which argued that the built environment should empower its inhabitants to take charge of their own individual destinies. He described a…

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Louis Kahn portrait at his office

Greek Architecture & Light / Louis Kahn

Greek architecture taught me that the column is where the light is not, and the space between is where the light is. It is a matter of no-light, light, no-light, light. A column and a column brings light between them. To make a column which grows out of the wall and which makes its own rhythm of no-light, light, no-light,…


Richness of meaning / Robert Venturi

I am for richness of meaning rather than clarity of meaning; for the implicit function as well as the explicit function. – Robert Venturi2 Photograph: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Photograph by Andreas Laszlo Konrath From Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966),  Nonstraightfoward Architecture: A Gentle Manifesto

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Tension between Interior and Exterior / Peter Zumthor

And suddenly there’s an interior and an exterior. One can be Inside or outside. Brilliant! And that means – equally brilliant! – this: thresholds, crossings, the tiny loop-hole door, the almost imperceptible transition between the inside and the outside, an incredible sense of place, an unbelievable feeling of concentration when we suddenly become aware of being enclosed, of something enveloping us, keeping us together, holding us – whether we be many…


In Memoriam of Zaha Hadid: A passionate Architect

When you are overworked and exhausted, there is a sense of kind of delirium and that’s why I think architects do all-nighters and they kind of do those deadlines. For four days I remember doing four nights in one row with no sleep. I mean nobody, unless you are crazy, would do that, but you are totally focused on the…