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The Neugebauer House


The importance of the public spaces within a building
Richard Meier Architect
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Well, you know, in making any building it’s all of the spaces in the building which need to be considered, there may be a hierarchy of spaces but it’s those spaces that belong to everyone. Spaces you move through and where you come in contact, you know, with other people. You don't come in contact with them in your office as much as you do in, kind of, in passage as you move through and so those spaces are really public spaces as well. The places people come, and kind of rub shoulders, and stop and talk and say hello and have conversation. Those are the spaces that belong to everyone and they should really be the most important spaces. Those are spaces that are, in a sense, the public spaces, the movement spaces, the spaces that you circulate in.

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Exactly and from, and those are the spaces you want... you want people to say, ahh, I’m so happy to be here, you know, it’s a great place to live, or to work or to look at things.

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.

Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds

Date story recorded: March 2007

Date story went live: 23 December 2008