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TEDx: Why does everyone hate modern architecture? / David Chipperfield

In this Tedx talk, David Chipperfield of David Chipperfield Architects was invited to discuss the distrust that people feel about architecture, from a practitioners point of view, with the seductively titled talk: Why does everyone hate modern architecture?  Chipperfield asks us to consider architecture of the everyday – buildings that are being built on a daily basis, not the notable and expensive projects that are the exception.  In looking at today’s architecture, he laments over what he perceives to be, an unsuccessful way in which the majority of buildings are designed.

More on the video after the break.

Chipperfield blames several aspects of the architectural profession for low number of “exceptional” buildings to come out of everyday practices.  He mentions the “low quality dialogue in matters architectural and urban” and its effect on architectural production and the way our cities are designed.  He also mentions the ongoing battles that every architectural firm faces, and every architectural student is warned about: “fighting developers, fighting planners and fighting the expectations of the public”.

© Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects
© Ute Zscharnt for David Chipperfield Architects

But there is optimism within his talk as he goes on to talk about collaboration as being the saving grace of productive architecture – a discussion in which he mentions one of his own projects for the rebuilding of the destroyed Neues Museum of Berlin, which was designed in collaboration with Julian Harrap.  Watch the video for more!

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© stijn - http://www.flickr.com/photos/stijnnieuwendijk/

Cite:Irina Vinnitskaya. "TEDx: Why does everyone hate modern architecture? / David Chipperfield" 06 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/197075/tedx-why-does-everyone-hate-modern-architecture-david-chipperfield/>