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Wolf D. Prix on Lebbeus Woods

Lebbeus Woods' only permanent structure, The Light Pavilion, built in collaboration with Christoph a. Kumpusch, in the Raffles City complex in Chengdu, China, by Steven Holl Architects.
Lebbeus Woods' only permanent structure, The Light Pavilion, built in collaboration with Christoph a. Kumpusch, in the Raffles City complex in Chengdu, China, by Steven Holl Architects.

Lebbeus Woods was an architect’s architect. Artistically uncompromising, unapologetically theoretical, and, in his own way, marvelously optimistic, Lebbeus’ death last month deeply saddened the architectural community. In a world where computers are making architecture an increasingly technical profession, Lebbeus provoked architects to consider – what is architecture’s purpose? And, more importantly, what is it’s potential? As Woods’ friend Thom Mayne told The Los Angeles Times, “Architecture wasn’t what he did. It’s who he was. There is no other Lebbeus.” Today, Wolf D. Prix, the oft-controversial figure, published his own eulogy to Woods, an architect and friend he held in high-esteem. Unlike the “Lady-Gaga-aesthetics,” that prevail in architecture today, Prix says, Woods’ forms were always new, profound, and impactive. Prix claims that Woods’ unique drawings”conquered the drawing boards of innumerable students and architects and put the question about the contents of a future architecture into the foreground.” “Lebbeus was the living proof of Derrida’s theory that often a small sketch can have more influence on the world than a large building.” You can read all of Wolf D. Prix’s “For Lebbeus Woods” after the break…

Cite:Vanessa Quirk. "Wolf D. Prix on Lebbeus Woods" 08 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/291605/wolf-d-prix-on-lebbeus-woods/>