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Beethoven, Milton and changes in the kind of work we get


Getting older
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown Architect
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[DSB] Getting older is not a problem for us, only to the extent that it’s a problem for our clients, or would-be clients.

Bob, do you feel the same way?

[RV] I agree with that.

Bob, is it a problem for you at all in terms of this lack of work that you’re getting because of getting older?

[RV] I don’t know how to measure that, I’m not so sure to what extent that is a problem. I just don’t know. I haven’t studied it. It’s very hard to analyse objectively.

How do you feel about getting older?

[RV] You know the funny thing, touch wood, is that I feel just the way I did 10 years ago. So, I don’t feel psychologically or physically older now, maybe tomorrow I will.

Internationally renowned architects Robert Venturi (1925-2018) and Denise Scott Brown (b.1931) have helped transform contemporary design through their innovative architecture and planning. Winners of numerous prestigious awards, their designs have championed multiculturalism, social activism, symbolism, pop culture, history and evolving technologies.

Listeners: Thomas Hughes

Thomas Hughes is Mellon Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent books include Human Built World, Rescuing Prometheus and American Genesis. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, US National Academy of Engineering, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Duration: 50 seconds

Date story recorded: 22nd to 23rd September 2006

Date story went live: 27 May 2010