We’ve lost our social purpose. We are discussing housing as if it were a strange product like washing machines...

David Chipperfield. Photograph by Rolex/Tina Ruisinger
16/05/2018
We’ve lost our social purpose. We are discussing housing as if it were a strange product like washing machines...
by DAVID CHIPPERFIELD
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
David Chipperfield. Photograph by Rolex/Tina Ruisinger
In Jan Dalley's FT piece, the British architect expresses his concerns about architecture as a mere tool of the free market, the shrinking role of architects as society builders, and why we are building "horrible cities."
David Chipperfield again explains his commitment to a different architecture, with the architecture social role. A few days ago he had published a letter about the silence of the RIBA face the drift of Brexit and the loss in his country of the social values that have characterized Europe. Now, he again express in this article in Financial Times, ideas on the commodification of architecture,
 
“I think architecture is in a sort of crisis,” says David Chipperfield. “We’ve lost our social purpose. What we are seeing now is construction as a product of investment. We are building a lot, but we are building big investment projects, as if we’re doing architecture without architecture. It’s more about investment than it is about urbanism. We used to be involved in planning and building cities, building societies. But now we are discussing housing as if it were a strange product like washing machines...
David Chipperfield. Photograph by Rolex/Tina Ruisinger

CHIPPERFIELD

Sir David Chipperfield CBE. AA Dipl., RIBA, RDI, Hon.FAIA, BDA, RA, Hon Doc (Kingston).

David Chipperfield studied at Kingston School of Art and the Archtectural Association in London. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.

In 2004 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to architecture. i...read more