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Christian de Portzamparc: ?No One But an Architect Can Solve the Problems of the Contemporary City?

Of the Pritzker Prize?s illustrious list of laureates, the 1994 winner Christian de Portzamparc is perhaps the least covered by the media. However, this relatively low profile belies the subtle and insightful understanding of architectural and urban issues that in many ways puts him decades ahead of the curve ? with the sociologically-led principles he has been developing since the early 1980s now becoming widely popular in architectural circles. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky?s ?City of Ideas? column, Portzamparc explains the journey that led to this unique take on architecture.

Luxembourg Philharmonie, Luxembourg, 2005. Image © Wade Zimmerman

Of the Pritzker Prize?s illustrious list of laureates, the 1994 winner Christian de Portzamparc is perhaps the least covered by the media. However, this relatively low profile belies the subtle and insightful understanding of architectural and urban issues that in many ways puts him decades ahead of the curve ? with the sociologically-led principles he has been developing since the early 1980s now becoming widely popular in architectural circles. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky?s ?City of Ideas? column, Portzamparc explains the journey that led to this unique take on architecture.

Suzhou Cultural Center Proposal, Suzhou, 2017. Image © Christian de Portzamparc

Christian de Portzamparc: ?Architecture often comes out of a controversial matter, drawing. In the 60s and 70s, we were contesting the drawing. I went to the Beaux-Arts school here in Paris, in which drawing was an end in itself. But in the Modern teaching to draw was viewed as dangerous, meaning to be absorbed and seduced by the quality of the drawing itself. I was thinking and drawing at the same time. In fact, a drawing may come before a particular imaginative idea sparks. Vladimir Belogolovsky: A drawing to you is a subconscious process.CP: Maybe? It is not necessarily associated with thinking and explaining?
Cite de la Musique West Wing, Paris, 1990. Image © Christian de Portzamparc

VB: Is there continuity in your work from project to project" Do you see it that way"CP: Sure. I am always attracted to something new but I think about things that interest me continuously. And when I work on new projects I often realize that I am solving a problem which I tried to resolve five or ten years before. Certain ideas or formal relationships come up again and again.

Paris Opera Ballet School, Nanterre, 1987. Image © Atelier Christian de Portzamparc

VB: What sparked your initial interest in architecture"CP: Well, when I was 15, I discovered drawings and projects by Le Corbusier. His Open Hand drawing and images of Chandigarh made an impression on me. I was drawing and painting before that, but I did not realize that a drawing could be a place, that a drawing could become something real; something in which people can live or work. I was also...
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