This past September Distinguished Professor Thom Mayne was invited to participate on a panel discussion for Arq. Futuro Magazine’s forum on architecture and urbanism in Sao Paolo.
ARCHITECTURE AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE NEW URBAN ECONOMY
DEBATE BETWEEN: THOM MAYNE, ANDRE LARA RESENDE (ECONOMIST), FLORIANO AZEVEDO (LAWYER, MANESCO, RAMIRES, PEREZ, AZEVEDO MARQUES), RAUL JUSTE LORES (FOLHA DE SAO PAULO – MODERATOR)
Government buildings signify important perceptions citizens have about their government. Done right, they can be outstanding public buildings of high quality and high performance, delivered on budget and on time. Policy measures play a crucial role ensuring that principles of design excellence are not erased by a commissioning process that favors the lowest bidder. In this session, Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects will describe how the U.S. government has helped to clear the path for vanguard architecture and breakthrough technologies from some of the country’s best designers and artists. A discussion with Andre Lara Resende and Floriano de Azevedo Marques Neto will outline Brazil’s legacy of design excellence, and how ongoing reforms to public policies and procedures can create inspiring and environmentally advanced architecture for future generations.