What is your creative process?

Question: Do you have a creative process?

Richard Meier: Well I think the creative process is, you know, trying to understand what it is about the particular project that you’re thinking about. What is its relationship, as I said, to the larger environment and context in which you’re working? It’s different thinking about a building in Barcelona than it is thinking about a building in Istanbul, for instance. The context is different. The culture is different. The relationship of the building to the place is different. So that is the first thing you start thinking about. Then you start drawing. You start drawing. You know what’s important? What’s the given? What is it about this place that sort of makes some impact on what you’re doing? And what is it you’re doing? And how does that come out from just being what it is to being something in this context?

 

Question: How do you balance creativity and discipline?

Richard Meier: Discipline is sort of the ability to focus. I have a very good discipline. I’m able to sit and work for three or four hours without moving – without getting up and walking around. Others sort of need, you know, to stop, chat and get back to work. I’m happiest when it’s sort of that linear process. And that’s the way I work best – when I sit down and I have a period of time to reflect and to work on something.

 

Recorded on: September 17, 2007.

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