“When all of us [architects] sit around in bars after some competition, even if we don’t like each other’s work after a few whiskies, you find you all have a lot of similar interests. If we can do that there, why can’t we do it professionally? I have so much respect for the talent of architects that I wanted to create a tent where they could show architecture instead of themselves. The free market has confused architects’ ability to confess to shared ideas. That has contributed to the lack of commonality. I wanted to take the pressure off and say you are all great architects, we know that. Don’t impress me with computer renderings of your latest tower. Instead, explain to us where your ideas come from, how you do what you do, and how you contribute to our common understanding of architecture culture.”
-Venice Architecture Biennale curator David Chipperfield in an interview with Julie Iovine published in Il Giornale dell’Architettura (produced in collaboration with The Architect’s Newspaper). Download the full issue PDF here.