Design Observer with Jacques Herzog from the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.
While reading it I saw these images of their study models for their Actelion Business Center and think they are absolutely fascinating.
Here's a very small part of the interview:
"The topics of sustainability, resources and energy are on
everyone’s lips these days. We’re also dealing with questions of the
CO2-free city and asking ourselves what architecture can do to help.
Instead of rebuilding cities radically, it’s more likely that we’ll see
inventions like solar cells that you can adjust according to the
position of the sun to collect more power.
But maybe in parallel
there’ll be more radical developments, where parts of our city realize
new perspectives from the 21st century. If you ask me, that’s only
possible through infrastructure. Radical changes only come about through
things we have to learn the hard way. We’re seeing that now with the
discussion on nuclear power plants: We already knew it wasn’t possible
to supply the world using nuclear power — even before the disaster in Japan
— because its permanent disposal isn’t guaranteed for thousands of
years. But a change in thinking only comes about if the knife’s at your
throat and your throat’s already been half slit — then you get a panicky
reaction. That’s the way of the world and human nature: more reactive