"…but then I was very disappointed at my profession as an architect, because we are not helping, we are not working for society, but we are working for privileged people, rich people, government, developers. They have money and power. Those are invisible. So they hire us to visualize their power and money by making monumental architecture. That is our profession, even historically it’s the same, even now we are doing the same… people need temporary housing, but there are no architects working there because we are too busy working for privileged people. So I thought, even as architects, we can be involved in the reconstruction of temporary housing. We can make it better. So that is why I started working in disaster areas."
Shigeru Ban in his 2013 Ted Talk. (via subtilitas)
The disparity between the ‘first-home’ tract housing I worked on in Glasgow and the high-end penthouses and mews refurbs I worked on in London (for probable occupation of a month or so a year), made me ill to think of & I came very close to losing faith with my profession & finding something else to do. It also rekindled my political fire, so there’s that…
"…the plan should instantly show the relative importance and use of the various apartments, access to these should be of the easiest, and true architectonic feeling obtained by the whole by allowing the nature of the site and its position with regard to the compass, the character of the materials used in the building, and the habits of the people to use it, together with the personal temperament of the designer shown in this use of mass, line, proportion, light and shade etc, to express themselves fully. When these matters are attended to, how seldom, practically never, does it happen that one plan will suit two clients and two sites, and how the question of style settles itself. It is not a matter of “I wonder what style I shall do this in.” The above set of circumstances determines the style."
— William Gummer - from The Study of Architecture, a presentation to the Auckland Architectural Students Association (now the AAA
) in 1914. As quoted in Cameron Moore’s “The Design Philosophy of Gummer and Ford”
in Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 30, Open
, edited by Alexandra Brown and Andrew Leach (Gold Coast, Qld: SAHANZ, 2013), vol. 2, p 487-497. (via fraserarchitecture