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July 28, 2011

"Renzo Piano" (video review)


Renzo Piano
© AP-Photo/HO
Source: AP Images

Renzo Piano: Piece by Piece
Written and directed by Christopher Tuckfield

The unique architect Renzo Piano, whose every work is dedicated to taking on new challenges, expounds upon what architecture means to him and what it is like to be an architect. Part of the challenges he faces are factors that need to be considered for any building: its purpose, security and relation to nature. Piano stresses the interdisciplinary nature of architecture while talking about his numerous projects including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Menil Collection Musuem, San Nicola Stadium, Tjibaou Cultural Centre, and the Potsdamer Platz Reconstruction. He describes how he draws inspiration from the building practices and collaboration between workers in the Middle Ages and how this fits well with the importance he places on teamwork and the creation of models in his working method. Yet Piano also recognizes that buildings cannot be made to suit the ideas of everyone as according to him, “you cannot make architecture like you make cakes,” and he discusses how to focus on what is truly important in order to create an expressive, functional building.

"The Ball", Genoa, Italy
© AP Photo/Marco Di Lauro
Source: AP Images

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Posted by rmassare at July 28, 2011 10:00 AM

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