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June 23, 2005

Libeskind: Eternal Optimist

JMcK-10-03-2004-Libeskind-smiling.jpgJust when I was starting to believe the media carping about him, I read something that inspires me:

"The most important quality an architect can possess is optimism."

I'm still annoyed at the Cincinnati condo, though. And I'm not saying I was ever enthralled by the symbols created for the site. It is the idea of eternal optimism I'm inspired by.

I like to say that architects must be their buildings before they are built. No one else knows them better, until construction begins. The architect must build a community around his project, which will bring the building into being. Otherwise, it's just a design you made up. In short, you must always believe in the possibility of the building, and never believe what people are complaining about.

I have intentionally left hyperlinks to complaining out of this post, as much as they may satisfy my tendency for cattiness. They are too numerous to list, anyway.

Posted by chad at June 23, 2005 01:01 PM

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