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Hey everyone. Still working on my Graduate Thesis and need some input via interview/survey. Tried posting this on r/Houston to get more people involved, but the subreddit sucks because anytime I post it auto removes it classifying it as spam! (seriously?) So thought I post this in a more reliable place...here. Since I'm not able to travel back home to conduct this survey/interview with people from the area I'm researching I was wondering if people within this community could possibly help. I would greatly appreciate it! You don't have to answer all the questions if you don't feel comfortable answering them. I would also like a picture if you can provide one. My focus area and site I'm analyzing is also in the link. I'm primarily looking at an area of Midtown/Downtown near I-45 (Pierce Elevated). Please try not to think to much while taking the interview. I want whatever comes first to your mind. I want honest answers. Its important for my research. At the end of my Thesis I'll link to it here in this subreddit and will be sure to give credit to those whom I use for my research. Here is a link to the interview: http://i.imgur.com/hnHoyUZ.jpg You can email me your interview and picture to this email address: email@example.com Please comment if you have any questions or critiques.
Very interesting interview conducted by Marianne Wellershoff, of Der Spiegel, talks to Rem Koolhaas, Dutch Architect and founder of OMA (The Office of Metropolitan Architecture), about many topics ranging from his new building in Milan (Fondazione Prada), to preservation, to reuse, and demolition. As the top of the page reads: Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas talks to SPIEGEL about the new Fondazione Prada museum he designed in Milan, the danger of turning cities into historical Disneylands and his desire to raze an entire neighborhood of Paris. A very good read overall. Here were some good take away from the interview: Spectacular Architecture vs. Intelligent Architecture "KULTUR SPIEGEL: Not every functional building is worth retaining for aesthetic reasons. It's easier for architects to make a mark with an iconic new building than with a conversion. Koolhaas: Our ambition has always been to create the most intelligent possible designs, not the most spectacular ones. With the Fondazione Prada we spent a great deal of energy mapping out the relationship between old and new. The outlines of the old structure's windows, for instance, are projected onto the half-transparent surfaces of the new building by daylight." The Fate of Brutalism and Its Worth in Greater Architectural History "KULTUR SPIEGEL: And what do you think of the concrete architecture of the 1960s, a style known as brutalism? Should it be protected or torn down? Koolhaas: We should preserve some of it. It would be madness for an entire period of architectural history -- that had a major influence on cities around the world -- to disappear simply because we suddenly find the style ugly. This brings up a fundamental question: Are we preserving architecture or history? KULTUR SPIEGEL: What is your answer? Koolhaas: We have to preserve history. Future generations, after all, should understand the past. To achieve this, we need to selectively preserve history -- and a building can represent history. When you stroll through Rome, you embark on a journey through over 2,000 years of history. That's wonderful." The Shift In Challenges, Urban Design, and Lifestyles "KULTUR SPIEGEL: These days, many people prefer to live in old buildings than in new ones. Where does this trend come from? Koolhaas: In my generation, it was all about tackling new challenges. We identified with the ideals of the French Revolution, namely liberty, equality and fraternity, and in that kind of culture, people were very interested in new things. The new generation is more concerned with comfort, security and sustainability. It is in keeping with this lifestyle that people want to live in buildings with a history." The Decline in Government Financing of City Building "KULTUR SPIEGEL: But taken together, skyscrapers determine a city's skyline. These buildings belong to private investors. How do you feel about the fact that hedge funds and super-rich investors have more influence on a city's atmosphere than the public sector? Koolhaas: Before the 1980s, the decisions were made by cities. Since then power has shifted toward private investors. Nothing good has come of this for Holland. The area between Amsterdam and Rotterdam has been completely developed and connected with freeways lined with the predictable junk food restaurants. I regret that cities no longer have money to even pursue a vision of their ongoing development. KULTUR SPIEGEL: Government agencies can still exert a great deal of influence through building permits and building regulations. Koolhaas: Not as much as before, when they had enough money to build their own projects. But different cities take different approaches. Here in Rotterdam, investors are given a great deal of freedom. During Hans Stimmann's term as Berlin's building director, he kept a much tighter rein on what was built in that city." To read these and the rest of his comments in the interview, link is below: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/interview-with-rem-koolhaas-about-the-fondazione-prada-a-1031551.html