Following up on our conversations of July 30th, in which we re-visited favorite aphorisms of certain well-known architects, here are some of the aphorisms of the New York City- based firm known as SHoP, with whom we will have a conversation with two principals of that firm:
>How it’s built doesn’t matter except when it’s the only thing that matters.
>Efficiency and great design are not mutually exclusive.
>Building buildings is better than talking about buildings.
>In the classroom be the builder; on the site be the teacher. Be a student in both.
>Make the office a lab, a boardroom, a theater, a classroom.
>Use technology to build practice, see practice as technology.
>Make concepts buildable. Make buildings conceptual.
>Push design, embrace responsibility.
>Virtually construct it twice, build it once.
>Cost is not a downstream design variable.
>To truly innovate, we integrate.
For reference, here are some images of recent buildings by SHoP:
120 Mulberry Street, with an intricate brick pattern, made possible by direct application of CAD-to-fabrication technologies.
"Porter House" - NYC
We also discussed the work of Louis Kahn, specifically the Yale Center for British Art:
and dormitories at Bryn Mawr College: