...I'm not feeling too bad. Compared to what I imagined
twenty-five years ago, I'm just fine.
...On one hand there's a social, economical and cultural product
evolution which goes hand in hand with consumerism. Actually, consumerism
is what generates this evolution, because it's the only way thoughts
can work their way into the process again and again, and that's
a very important thing, that the space before us is cleared. In
other words, products we had ten years ago disappear, they receive
new wrapping, and a new thought is defined in a new product, naturally
along with all of its technical and design aspects. On the other
hand, there is a huge price to pay for this development in terms
of environmental issues. It is precisely between these two factors
that harmony must be found, which ensures the development of the
world at an appropriate rate, but doesn't exhaust all our resources.
...I think we still have not come to accept the fact that our
activity is transitory, that it will become temporary art, and
we have not prepared ourselves accordingly, emotionally or technically.
There are no building-storages, buildings are torn down, and at
best some kind of documentation is prepared beforehand, and that's
it, it's over.
...I'm fine, thanks. For one thing I find the world
we live in extremely exciting, and for another I am experienced in
learning to feel good even when circumstances dictate otherwise.
I think that one needs to take time once in a while to stop and look
back on what they've done, to give oneself a pat on the back. And
I'm not talking only about those in my profession.
...As to what the goal of an architect is, I think it can be defined
in a Renaissance way: one makes buildings for his and the world's
glory. That's it. Another important thing is to spend our little
lives happily and to leave some successors behind.
...In the present Hungarian reality one must try to build houses
that carry cultural values that interest not only ourselves. If
we want to be a part of the cultural circulation that is characteristic
of all of Europe, then we have to be able to produce buildings
here or anywhere that are important not only in Budapest or Hungary,
but to the entire European culture.
...If you cannot make things that live up to your own most daring
inner creativity, it's mainly because after a few years of experience
you begin to censor yourself: this isn't going to go over, it's
not worth trying. Many grandiose, bold, creative plans are slammed
against the wall like that, and after a while you just shrug your
shoulder and think nothing's going to come of it anyway. That's
the worst that can happen. Is this ever going to change? I am sure
it will. Sooner or later Budapest will be just as important part
of the architectural scene as Paris, Geneva, Zurich or Graz.