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Quote of Note | Steven Holl

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“In China, if I say, ‘This has never been done before,’ they get very excited. When we did a hybrid of a cable stay and a rigid concrete frame for the Shenzhen ‘horizontal skyscraper’ [Vanke Center, 2006-09, pictured]—spanning 50 meters between eight cores—they were very excited to do it. This would never happen in America. When I propose something here, they usually say, ‘Have you ever done this before? We’re worried about this. Can you show us some examples?’ The mindset here is conservative, provincial. Look at this tower outside my window. What kind of a mindset builds a tower that’s trying to look like a row house? It’s gross. I think that China is a very interesting place. Japan was the same way until their economic bubble burst, and it never came back.”

-Architect Steven Holl in an interview at his NYC studio with Pierre Alexandre de Looz that appears in PIN-UP

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