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The Beginning and the End at Once
The Process is the Idea
The Formwork is Architecture
The Process of Construction is a Performance
The Building Makes Its Site

The foundation of architecture is beauty. This much I know to be true. Beautiful things last forever, but the buildings that are being built now do not. Too often buildings are destroyed before their useful life is over. Their unsustainable materials seem designed for failure and destined for a second life as trash. The materials we use should look like the Earth they come from and the buildings they make should evoke the same Earth. And if buildings do not last forever, then what we take from the Earth we must return. I want to make buildings that look 100 years old on the day they are completed and just completed on the day they turn 100. I imagine these buildings forming like the great mountains of the Alps and Himalayas. I want them to be built over the span of a million years, perhaps never completed at all, this way their beauty might last forever.