Paulo in Sao Paulo in the WaPo


An interesting recent feature story in the Washington Post the other day all about the winner of the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Paulo Mendes da Rocha. The piece takes place in his native Sao Paulo and has to do with his visions of design and building for the future, particularly to aid the urban poor. It’s that thinking that won him the esteemed prize and has made Mendes da Rocha one of the most respected people in his field. But it’s nice to know, even with his grand plans for diverting disaster the future, the guy still has a sense of humor:

“We must have hope in the future,” he said. “For millions and millions of years, we have been constructing the human dimension of man. We must go on.”

On the other hand, as an architect, the only thing he can assure is that “the building doesn’t fall.”