June 19, 2011

About Formalism - Thomas Fisher in mark-magazine nr. 32

"Generally, I am not a formalist. I find formalism too conservative politically. It's not radical; it is not engaging with politics, with equity or economics. A  lot of it doesn't seem to be engaged with sustainability. And when an architect takes those things off the table, it means that he or she - as a public intellectual - is accepting the status quo. I think that if we become formalists - just manipulators of form - we will become completely irrelevant. [..] Therefore, this so-called radical architecture we're discussing is extremely conservative in almost every way, except maybe in form."

(interview with Thomas Fisher in mark-magazine nr. 32 - page 198)