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Thom Mayne   I Wanted to Produce Something “Off”

"Architecture is a result of a process of asking questions, testing them and re-interrogating and changing in a repetitive way", says architect Thom Mayne.

"Its a way of thinking, exploring, inventing and participating in the world".

Thom Mayne discusses his intentions behind the Cooper Union building's aesthetics, how it relates to the local communities and expresses the culture of The Cooper Union.

"When I got the commission it was loaded with different directions," "It's an institute that is unique in connection to engineering, architecture and art and it's about the relationship of those disciplines. It's very personal. It's a small place that is about the Socratic method of thinking and talking between people. ... It became a wonderful project with an institute dealing in intellectual creative capital. And New York is nothing more than this incredible intensity of intellectual creative capital. And we are putting that to the street. We are contributing to that."

Thom Mayne isn't known for easy or gentle buildings, and his new Cooper Union academic building is no exception.

Thom Mayne (b. 1944) is a Los Angeles-based architect. Mayne helped found the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972, where he is a trustee. Since then he has held teaching positions at SCI-Arc, the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is principal of Morphosis, an architectural firm in Santa Monica, California. Mayne received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in March 2005.

Founded in 1972, Morphosis is an interdisciplinary practice involved in rigorous design and research that yields innovative, iconic buildings and urban environments. The firm is committed to the practice of architecture as a collaborative enterprise. With projects worldwide, the firm’s work ranges in scale from residential, institutional, and civic buildings to large urban planning projects. Named after the Greek term, morphosis, meaning to form or be in formation, Over the past 30 years, Morphosis has received 25 Progressive Architecture awards, over 100 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards, and numerous other honors.


Thom Mayne | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC Oct 2013
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync

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