Architecture is used by political leaders to seduce, to impress, and to intimidate.
For an architect, in the instant that he has undivided attention of a patron with the power to realize his designs, literally nothing else matters; not a fire alarm, not even an earthquake; there is nothing else to talk about but architecture.
For me, color is one of the most complex things in the world because it’s always so different in different lights, different quantities at different times of the day, and when juxtaposed against other colors the actuality and the appearance are two different things. Maybe I’ve been very tentative about color because I tend to think that monochromatic schemes are the best. It has also has to do with the fact that people change things. Maybe if you’re tentative about the coloring then that’s an invitation for them to change, I don’t know. One of the aspects of color that fascinates me is the reflected light from the color. I have worked with concrete, at least earlier, a great deal and I would often make a very warm-toned carpeting. The reflected light changed the concrete and bathed it in a warm light. I find much architecture very offensive in terms of its color, as a matter of fact.
Reyner Banham, historian of megastructures, distinguished them from merely large complexes by the inclusion of a “ludic” element.
Ricardo Bofill, Maritxell Sanctuary, Canillo, Andorra, 1978 (via cjwho)
'On the evening of a popular holiday in 1972 the ancient Romanesque Sanctuary caught fire and was destroyed. The building complex were left in blackened ruins, survived only by the original apse and vaulting over the altar and laterday bell-tower.'
(Source: cjwho, via mbelt)