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ARCHITECTURE / Q&A

cities] is progressively being privatised and if we don’t act on behalf of the public, who will?

There are many other things for us to think about, like the density of cities, the densification of cities, the borders. Architecture can’t solve all of them, but the uncertainty of the times is a call to action for architects. My students at Princeton are wondering, does architecture have any agency at all?

PK: What are the aspirations of the next generation of architects? ED: Two years ago, when I asked graduate students what’s important to them, what matters, the response was, to be successful, fast. Today you don’t have that. There is a generation that is angry and frustrated. They don’t know how to do something with [that energy] yet, but they’re probing.

I think it will be an activist generation. PK: While you were designing the Centre for Music at the Barbican in London, what was it like working in a city that wasn’t your home turf ? And how did you begin to assimilate, understand this new place and a new architectural language? ED: I was very familiar with the Barbican because our studio worked for a decade on Lincoln Center, which was the model for the Barbican. So mid-century mega-block planning for culture was familiar to me. But while everything seemed familiar, it was oddly different. I’m still learning.

PK: I know you went to see a London Symphony Orchestra concert last night. Are you embedding yourself in the music world? ED: Yes, it has been a process of

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