"For myself, being an artisan or a craftsman is an amateur or almost the same thing."

"His buildings have the unique ability to evoke the past,
without making direct references to history. "

Pritzker Prize 2012 : Wang Shu

New Academy of Art in Hangzhou / Wang Shu,

Amateur Architecture Studio, photo by Iwan Baan
(lower image, faded, upside down)

Amateur Architecture Studio

"I design a house instead of a building. The house is the amateur architecture approach to the infinitely spontaneous order. Built spontaneously, illegally and temporarily, amateur architecture is equal to professional architecture. But amateur architecture is just not significant."

One problem of professional architecture is, that it thinks too much of a building. A house, which is close to our simple and trivial life, is more fundamental than architecture. Before becoming an architect, I was only a literati. Architecture is part time work to me. For one place, humanity is more important than architecture while simple handicraft is more important than technology." (text taken from here)

The attitude of amateur architecture, - though first of all being an attitude towards a critical experimental building process -, can have more entire and fundamental meaning than professional architecture. For me, any building activity without comprehensive thoughtfulness will be insignificant.

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