We must create alternative images proposing a better life to guide our actions in the future if we do not wish to perpetuate the present. I believe that any architectural project not attempting to propose new, or better, modes of existence is unethical. This task may stagger the imagination and paralyse hope, but we cannot subtract ourselves from its pursuit.
The Western notion of Man’s creations as distinct and separate entities – in contrast with Nature – has exhausted its intellectual and ethical capital. An emerging man-made garden is overtaking the one we were originally given. We must create an a-tectonic notion of architecture, where architecture is conceived as an integral component of that emerging Man-made Nature we are willingly, as well as unwittingly, creating. I see the task of the architect to be that of reconciling our man-made Nature with the organic one we have been given.
For the last 40 years, I have striven to find a built manner in which to integrate Architecture with Nature. In all my projects I have sought to return to the community, in the form of accessible gardens, as much, if not all, the land my building’s footprint covers. Buildings like those of Fukuoka, Phoenix, EUR, Shin-Sanda, just to mention a few, demonstrate that one can have the “green and the gray” giving back to the community one hundred percent of the ground that the building’s footprint covers in the form of gardens accessible from the ground floor to everyone. These projects demonstrate that it is possible to have a building and the garden, one hundred percent of the building and one hundred percent of the greenery longed for by the building’s users and its neighbours.