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PRINT May 1987

TALKING ARCHITECTURE

ARCHITECTURE IS OFTEN SEEN as inflexible, a branch of creativity that performs the functions and services we need it to yet also petrifies spaces and materials, fixing the order of things as they are. To view architecture this way is to deny its dynamic nature. A discipline simultaneously scientific and imaginative, architecture, no less than art, is capable of a constant reconstruction and reopening of history. Though it is innately more imbricated with function and finance than art, architects no less than artists can admit into their work their dreams and their fears, their rational ambitions and their irrational drives. When they do so, they rupture the “invisibility” of architecture, its way of slipping into the everyday surround, almost unseen because so familiar. Making their private thoughts and feelings into public objects, which may then be the cause as well as the recipient of

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