How and Why as a Substitute for What

“What we’re really talking about all the time are very simple, but difficult things. How do you talk about beauty? How do you talk about aesthetics? How do you talk about what a building should look like? So it’s much easier to talk about how you get there, or why you got there. So we’ve been through functionalist descriptions; we’ve been through modernist manifestos; and now we’re going through methodological descriptions. It’s a sort of determinism; architects are really frightened to say what they believe in.”

David Chipperfield

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