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.
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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