David Chipperfield RA

I have just discovered that David Chipperfield’s interview with Jan Dalley, the arts editor of the FT, due to appear in tomorrow’s Life & Arts, is already available online (google David Chipperfield ft).   It provides a characteristically thoughtful analysis of the state of architecture today – or, more especially, the impoverishment of architecture’s current ambitions for social reinvention through the design of housing, schools and cities;  and how his philosophy has been applied to our project in Burlington Gardens, which he describes as not doing exactly what the client wants, but listening instead to the ambitions of the users, unlocking the potential of the institution:  a mixture of architectural modesty and social and creative ambition.   I think I recognise this combination of unexpected physical reticence and highly focussed, strategic intervention.


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