TEODORO GONZALEZ DE LEON
He faced the challenge of designing for a city that was racing to modernise.
Everybody crosses the patio - everybody meets there.
The No 1 goal of architecture is to create useful objects. We create useful objects for the city to experience them - but also so that those objects move us.
I have over 80 years learning how to live, how to be. i have not learned disciplines, I have become ways of life; reading is a way of life, drawing, painting, sculpture is a way of life; visit to cities; listen to music and architecture are forms of life; no religion is my way of life.
In the 70's, I was interested in massive strong forms. Now I am more interested in the contract between those forms that give permanence and solidity, and something that gives them lightness and novelty.
Eclectic use of materials.
Address local concerns and conditions cia a historical understanding of context and global understanding of modernism.
Public buildings provide spaces that foster links and memory to people, and explore how neighbourhoods evolve.
Narrative is essential to his design process, by exploring the meaning of 'African American'.
His ideas are about light, airy spaces that were infused with a sense of vibrancy and were designed to draw the community in.