What do you think about the de­struc­tion of wars, from Dres­den to The Twin Tow­ers to Palmyra and Aleppo? An­tiq­uity is men­aced by such acts. How do you feel about it, and the re­build­ing of these cities later?


Such losses are tragic and hor­rific. As an af­ter­thought, per­haps our aware­ness of the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of true an­tiq­ui­ties should lead us to record them prop­erly for pos­ter­ity. As an ar­chi­tect I am grate­ful for en­light­ened in­di­vid­u­als who com­mis­sion build­ings. The more pas­sion­ate they are the more de­mand­ing they are likely to be – which is pos­i­tive. Some are in Sil­i­con Val­ley, some are in lots of other places. It is about the in­di­vid­ual not the place.

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