Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Thoughts on material

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by Sarah Gelbard on 12 March 2010

Each material has its specific characteristics which we must understand if we want to use it… This is no less true of steel and concrete [than of wood, brick, and stone]. We must remember that everything depends on how we use a material, not on the material itself… New Materials are not necessarily superior. Each material is only what we make of it… We must be as familiar with the functions of our buildings as with our materials. We must learn what a building can be, what it should be, and also what it must not be… And just as we acquaint ourselves with materials, just as we must understand functions, so we must become familiar with the psychological and spiritual factors of our day.

Mies van der Rohe, From his inaugural address at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 193

There are two important things to make sushi. One is the material and the other is the skill… For sushi, both the power of the material and skill is important and their balance is very important. I believe that this balance is what people want. People and society are seeking the thing like sushi for the architecture and their city.

— Kengo Kuma


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