What if architecture could help us rekindle a certain kind of hope? What if architecture could become a source of confidence, bolstering a sense of certainty and a continuity of thinking, free from the accidents of ego or of political vagaries? What if architecture could offer a specific kind of resistance again?
Architecture should resist and help represent the “unknown”, generate a new sense of endurance, in order to lead to future optimism.
Architecture should not always be extra-ordinary. It should reconsider its ability to be ordinary within a new type of collectivism, to be the source of an extra-ordinary urbanism.
What’s wrong with nostalgia? Paradoxically nostalgia may be a proactive driver for nurturing progress. From the past nothing should be preserved or restored, but all should be respected. Nostalgia should remain as a medical term in architecture, a condition from which you are able to diagnose the future. Nostalgia should become a contemporary phenomenon in architecture.
Present culture is dominated by the image, graphics and advertising. Their effects on architecture and on its modes of representation need to be looked at carefully. Through them the perception of objects is transformed. The image kills the picture. An open attitude must be adopted towards these changes. Therefore we should favour substance over image.