For 2019, I have many things to do. One of them is the East Thiers Station that is a railway station in Nice, France. It is now under construction and is a very large project that is almost a whole city block. The program has multiple functions such as retail, a hotel, and it has a culture for working and living. Another project I am working on is also in France in Toulouse, near the Pyrenees. I proposed an unusual tower in a city that has low-rise buildings. The tower has cascading gardens, transforming the whole function of this multipurpose tower including functional public space, hotels, residential, and retail in the center of Toulouse.
This spring, we will open a public art installation in Holland at the Paleis Het Loo in the amazing Baroque gardens. I am designing sculptures entitled “The Garden of Earthly Worries” that explores the connection between humans and nature, as well as climate change and the threats to our planet such as pollution.
We are also designing a museum project in Northern Chile that is a museum of anthropology. We call it “The Dragon Museum” because it’s about the dunes, the mountain, the desert, and the ocean. It’s a very interesting project in a beautiful city.
And lastly, I’ll mention one large project in Tampere, Finland. We are building a large scale development in the city where there will be an arena where the decks cover the old railway lines that have cut the city in half and now it will not just be a stadium for ice hockey, but for other sports and public events as well, and also part of an urban project where there will be residential living, working offices, a hotel, it is really a 21st-century transformation of the city of Tampere.
I think new technologies such as artificial intelligence, smart design, and a new understanding of how to create sustainable cities are all very important. Not only in the development of these places but how to design a city that is easy to live in and thrive. Architecture is not only about construction but also about society and ethical values of society. It’s about democratic participation of citizens in their cities. This is I think the main thrust that we need to be developing with technologies in cities all over the world.