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Competitions burn you out

Peter Davidson ( Lab Architecture Studio ), in conversation with Michael Ostwald just before the Lab exhibition “Draw the Line” opened last month at the NGV.

“We’ve tried to be inventive all of the time, not to go back and take something forward and deploy it again. When you do a lot of competition work, there’s a temptation to do that, but we’ve always tried to start again. Now, I think tactically that may sometimes have been naïve, that in a way there is a need to conserve energy, and I think at certain points, when we’ve had a number of things running, we’ve dissipated our energy through trying to continue being inventive.”

Some insights on the Federation Square construction process that are worth a read too. Did you know that they ran out of stone and had to make what they had left stretch?

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Posted by Peter on 25.08.09 in architects and competitions

 

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