[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.19) - Elizabeth Diller named world's most influential architect by Time magazine (USA).

12-08-2020

(WorldKings.org) Elizabeth Diller is the only architect named on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people of 2018, with philanthropist Eli Broad calling her a "visionary".

Diller, who founded New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro with partner Ricardo Scofidio, has been named on the Time list for the second time.

"She imagines things the rest of us have to see to believe. She can turn a metaphor into brick and mortar," wrote Broad in the citation alongside the listing.

"Maybe it's because she's a woman in a male-dominated field, or because she was originally a conceptual artist – along with her partner in art, architecture and life, Ric Scofidio – but whatever the reason, Liz sees opportunities where others see challenges. She can do the impossible," continued Broad.

Founded in 1981, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is behind a number of important buildings in the US, like the Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive, an art department building for Stanford University and the High Line. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km) elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. The abandoned spur has been redesigned as a "living system" drawing from multiple disciplines which include landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology. Since opening in 2009, the High Line has become an icon of contemporary landscape architecture.

Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive

The High Lines

The firm placed at number 156 in 2017 Dezeen Hot List and is run by four partners, including Diller, Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin. It is currently working on the major expansion MoMA, with the first phase of the overhaul opening last year and an expandable cultural venue at Manhattan's Hudson Yards called The Shed.

“Our cities are more and more privatised,” she says. “Developers are just gobbling them up. It’s up to architects to be very vigilant.” She wants “to expand the agency of architects to do more and more, not just be at the receiving end”. But in order to make an impact “you can’t just stay in your studio and throw grenades at things. You have to engage. Sometimes you have to have a stealthy presence. I would never do something I didn’t totally believe in, but sometimes you have to weigh the opportunities and figure out how to get the most things done the way you want them done.”

“A lot of stuff,” she also says, “comes from naivety. You shouldn’t know too much. If you know everything it becomes impossible. Because you don’t know how complicated something is, you dive in headfirst.”

According to theguardian.com


Mihan (Collect and edit) (World Records Union - WorldKings)

 

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