Renzo Piano's light in the Piazza
Thirty-five years ago, Renzo Piano and his British colleague Richard Rogers teamed up to build the Pompidou Center. Though they were both unknown, they beat out 681 architects for the job
and their brash factory for culture, with its pop-colored industrial tubes, ducts and pipes, landed in a sedate Paris neighborhood like an alien spaceship. "We were young, quite impolite bad boys," Piano recalled with a smile not long ago. Now the Pompidou is a landmark, […]
The son of a builder in Genoa, Piano, 68, sees architecture as more than the romance of the sketch. "Of course it is an art," he says, "but it is also a science—very much the process of research, discovery, exploring materials." Even the name of his firm—Renzo Piano Building Workshop—suggests his devotion to craft and invention, the marriage of the mind and the hand. It’s an architecture that reveals the touch of a maker, but also the heart of a humanist.
Once an “outrageous architect,” Renzo Piano is now showing a quiet elegance. “Did he lose his edge—or find his soul?” Cathleen McGuigan tries to investigate. In November 7 issue of Newsweek magazine. An interesting portrait of a very interesting Italian architect.