“Nothing old is ever reborn but neither does it totally disappear. And that which has once been born, will always reappear in a new form.”
“Tradition is the challenge to innovation.”
Alvaro Siza Vieira
We must remind ourselves that buildings are not finite statements of authorial intent but rather the embodiment of concerns, conditions and human ambitions. Buildings like architecture are practices with their own internal rules, buildings are not agile; they cannot make comment; they cannot be ironic; they cannot speak. They can talk only through the decisions they enact: they take shape, they enclose, they offer views, bring in light, keep out light, they choose to be made of this material, not that. They are not one thing and shouldn’t be so. What a building does and what it might communicate are central design issues and affect every major design decision in a building.
For me the source of the architectural ideas are to be found from within the building programme and the potential of spaces contained by the building mass outside the building – spaces such as streets, courtyards, terraces, colonnades, loggias, belvederes, gardens etc; spaces that extend the building programme, spaces that form a relationship between interior and exterior, placing the building in the wider physical world. This realm has a special physical relationship with life.