17 words of architectural inspiration (or not)

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Daniel Libeskind in front of the Denver Art Museum

Daniel Libeskind riffing on his “17 words of architectural inspiration“, from the TED archive.

Everyone loves a list, but Libeskind’s does not seem to go down well, if the posted comments are anything to go by. Ouch.

  • Optimism vs pessimism
  • Expressive vs neutral
  • Radical vs conservative
  • Emotional vs cool
  • Inexplicable vs understood
  • Hand vs computer
  • Real vs simulated
  • Complex vs simple
  • Political vs evasive
  • Unexpected vs habitual
  • Raw vs refined
  • Pointed vs blunt
  • Memorable vs forgettable
  • Communicative vs mute
  • Risky vs safe
  • Space vs fashion
  • Democratic vs authoritarian
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