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VIDEO: Jean Nouvel on Arabic Architecture, Context and Culture

VIDEO: Jean Nouvel on Arabic Architecture, Context and Culture

In this powerful interview, Jean Nouvel explains his relationship to Arabic architecture. Discussing his various projects in Arabic countries - such as his office tower in Doha or the Louvre Abu Dhabi - Nouvel discusses how he is influenced by and integrates the abstraction and geometry of traditional Islamic architecture into his modern designs. He also espouses a strong opinion on the understanding of context in architecture, saying: "I'm a contextual architect, but for me the context isn't only the site. It's above all a wider historical context - a cultural context... each time, building is trying to continue a history, and to take part in this history." His architecture, he says, is about listening: "The architect is not meant to impose his own values or his own sensitivities on such general plans." Video via Louisiana.

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Cite: Rory Stott. "VIDEO: Jean Nouvel on Arabic Architecture, Context and Culture" 13 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/476799/video-jean-nouvel-on-arabic-architecture-context-and-culture/> ISSN 0719-8884