I recently interviewed architectural theorist, critic and writer Charles Jencks for a book review I wrote for the Irish Times. Here is the full transcript of the interview.
All in Irish Times
Published in the Irish Times
In 1947, as the machines that made war, were put to work rebuilding the world they had destroyed, the architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe declared that the maxim for this new age of ‘progress’ would be: “less is more”. God — if he still existed in the shadow of Auschwitz — was to be found in the stark, minimal details of steel, glass and white concrete boxes. The hero of this new age would be the architect; his gospel, an architecture, that, irrespective of context, from Deli to Dublin, would be a new ’international style’ — concrete promises in an age of optimism and progress.