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The problem with organic architecture


My small-scale work influenced my large-scale projects
Richard Meier Architect
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I began by doing houses and then got this you know, larger public work but at the same time, all the... you know, I was always doing houses, so it's always a relationship of the small-scale work and the large-scale work. I think that in some ways that was very good because we never lost, sort of, a sense of human scale in the large-scale work because you're dealing with houses and designing the things that go into the houses. You know, you're always conscious of every single element and I made sure that was also true in the large-scale work, that every single element was considered as part of the whole. And so the attention to detail and the, sort of, maniacal concentration on how every single thing is made is part of, I think, the practice as has developed over the years.

The prominent American architect Richard Meier (b. 1934) is best known for the Getty Centre in Los Angeles, one of his many public projects which broke from his usual style of sleek, white buildings. In all his work – carried out with characteristic refined style – he refuses to bend to the trends of modern architecture. He has won many awards including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, considered the field's highest honour.

Listeners: Massimo Vignelli

Massimo Vignelli was born in Milan and studied architecture in Milan and Venice. He is the co-founder and President of Vignelli Associates and Chief Executive Officer of Vignelli Designs in New York. His work includes graphic and corporate identity programs, publication designs, architectural graphics, interiors, furniture, and consumer product designs. His work has been published and exhibited throughout the world and entered in the permanent collections of several museums. He has taught and lectured on design in the major cities and universities in the United States and abroad. Included among Massimo Vignelli's awards are the Gran Premio Triennale di Milano, 1964, the Compasso d'Oro, awarded by the Italian Association for Industrial Design (ADI), 1964 and 1998, the 1982 Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, the 1983 AIGA Gold Medal, the 1992 Interior Product Designers Fellowship of Excellence, The 1995 Brooklyn Museum Design Award for Lifetime Achievement and The 2001 Russel Wright Award for Design Excellence.

Tags: houses, design, details

Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2007

Date story went live: 23 December 2008