Soft in the Middle
"I thought it provided a vertical education and exhibition program, that even though zoned hierarchically, created an egalitarian quality that I thought was very strong. It creates this articulation of the distinct groups, which, for me, was at the heart of the [competition] program. Diagrammatically, I found it the most compelling."
"One can’t help but agree with you when you look at the section but what about the image of the outside?"
"The image on the outside is lazy, not tested."
"Right, and that’s why I challenge you. When you break open a geode, you are host to the wonders of nature; frankly, it’s like any building."
"I agree with you. But I think the reason they did it is that they are enjoying generic architecture. They are saying this is a background service thing and the articulation is all that is going on. So, it is a defense of a kind of softness."
"It’s a move towards the banal. And particularly in this city, it’s depressing."