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Renzo Piano Revealed. Amazing Work.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on November 14, 2007

Check out this wonderful story and slide show on one of the world’s top architects by Paula Lehman.

Of course, Piano (or “Renzo” as people call him) is known, first, for the Pompidou building, with the plumbling outside. He did the new New York Times building off Times Square (yep, named after the Times). And he’s doing the new Columbia University campus in northern Manhattan, a huge project.

There’s a great slideshow of Renzo’s own favorites.

But I have one question for Renzo. I hear the journalists at the new Times building are unhappy with their work environment. They say you never really listened to them when they described how they worked. And their work spaces don’t work for them. Is this true?

And are you listening to the students and professors at Columbia as you design their classrooms and buildings?

Building beautiful things is wonderful. Designing buildings that generate creativity and productivity, well, that may be another.

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Reader Comments

Rob Thompson

November 15, 2007 09:55 PM

Indeed the difference between art and design is highlighted here. Design is so much more than creating another pretty thing. The quest to enrich our existance is more than visual for sure. Nice call out here Bruce.

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