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What Makes Lord Richard Rogers an Architecture God?
Creative Mapping caught up with legendary British architect Lord Richard Rogers in his London home in the first half of our two part interview. So what makes Richard Rogers a god among even the most renowned architecture giants? You may not have heard of his name, but you will most certainly have heard of his epic creations: the Pompidou Centre, the Millennium Dome, Lloyds buildings, the European Court of Human Rights, the Madrid-Barajas Airport, the Senedd, and Heathrow’s Terminal 5 are only a few amongst a long, impressive, and significant list of his iconic designs.
Lord Richard Rogers, a God Among Architectural Giants
Richard Rogers is known for his distinctly modernist and high-tech architectural design aesthetic, and as a Creative Entrepreneur in his own right, is the founder of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (the same firm for which Mapper Mike Fairbrass, has designed models). He is the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards in the architecture world including the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, the Pritzker Prize, the Thomas Jefferson Medal, and the Stirling Prize to name a few.
In addition to his cushy resume, Richard Rogers is also no stranger the tabloid world of the Royal Family. Prince Charles has continuously vetoed his designs and shut down building plans. Just comparing the design of Centre Pompidou with Buckingham Palace should be explanation enough for the root of this Lord vs. Prince feud. This is a clash of classical style with modern architectural designs that has seemingly turned into a personal vendetta against the British architect.
“Architecture is about public space held by buildings.” Lord Richard Rogers
Richard Rogers is considered one of the greatest architects since Sir Christopher Wren. But he is not creative genius alone, but he holds an architectural moral code, working according to an ethical and social responsibility and generosity.
“The events of human life, whether public or private, are so intimately linked to architecture that most observers can reconstruct nations or individuals in all the truth of their habits from the remains of their monuments or from their domestic relics.” – Honoré de Balzac 1799-1850.
Throughout history, human beings have always needed a ‘sense of place,’ for both emotional well being, and as a physical refuge that has a tangible meaning.
A good architect is acutely aware of all of these things, and quite literally brings together the art and science of designing buildings with the intuitive feel of how such skills can be used to create atmosphere and generate positive feelings. This is what gives us a sense of “place.” To achieve this successfully is a triumph. To achieve this with repeated success, as Richard Rogers has done, holds the makings of a living legend.
Creative Mapping © Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. This interview was conducted in 2010.