What books do you have on your bedside table?
I am interested in things happening around me, and I need to understand what’s going on in other artistic sectors like music and literature. I read a lot, but nothing comes to mind at the moment.
What are you afraid of regarding the future ?
I’m afraid that people don’t want the future to happen. In order for people to want this, each person has to have goals in their life, to feel proud. work is one of the ways of achieving this. Unemployment is dangerous because then people don’t use their resources. Each individual has to be able to use their abilities.
Who would you like to design something for?
I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture. I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future. although now we are more and more governed by the american way of thinking, money, the economy… I hope that now people will shift to a more European way (of thinking), culture, individuality, and that people move towards new goals. So for me to be able to contribute to this would be great.
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Tadao Ando is a Japanese self-taught architect whose approach to architecture and landscape