ABSTRACT

Tyler: You seem also to be very interested in architecture. In particular, I've noticed in your work that there's a lot of attention paid to interior spaces. Also you've worked with Jean-Paul Bourdier on various collaborative pro;ects on architecture. Is this a continuing interest of yours? T: Yes, that work was very much inspired by Jean-Paul because we work as a team on many projects, but I would say it also corresponds with my other interests as well. The word "dwelling," if one understand it as a verb and not a noun, involves everything in life; it's a mode of living. The house in which, and with which, one lives, for example, or the house that one has built tells us a lot about the cultural practices of the individual inhabitants as well as of their society. A writer from Switzerland (F. Jotterand) once told me that the best way to learn about a culture or a society was to look at its architecture. However, rather than focusing on monumental architecture, we are more interested in what is known as "vernacular architecture," or in the houses built outside of the market by the people for their own use.