The architecture doctor

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Hundertwasser, 24 january 1990: "Our houses have been sick for as long as there have been indoctrinated urban planners and standardized architects. They do not fall sick but are conceived and brought into the world as sick houses. These many houses, which we all endure in their thousands, are unfeeling and emotionless, dictatorial, heartless, aggressive, godless, smooth, sterile, unadorned, cold and unromantic, anonymous and yawningly void.

They are an illusion of functionality. Such is their depressing nature that both their residents and passers-by fall sick. Consider this: while 100 people live in a house, 10,000 walk and drive past it every day; these latter suffer just as much as the residents, if indeed not more so, from the depressing impact of the facade of a heartless house. But the hospitals are themselves sick. Levelling, concentration-camp and barrack-style buildings destroy and standardize the most valuable thing a young person brings to society: spontaneous, individual creativity.

Had architects been able to cure these sick and and sick-making buildings, they would not have built them at all. So a new profession is needed: the architecture doctor. The sole task of the architecture doctor is to restore human dignity and harmony with nature and human creation. Without first tearinc everything down, but by making changes only at strategic points, and without great effort or financial resources. This includes deregulating corrected rivercourses, breaking up sterile, flat skylines,

Converting areas of ground into uneven, undulating surfaces, letting spontaneous vegetation grow in gaps between cobbles and cracks in walls, where it disturbs no one, varying windows and irregularly rounding off corners and edges. The architecture doctor is also responsible for even more decisive surgical operations, such as cutting away walls and positioning towers and pillars. We simply need to allow window rights, plant roofs with grass and trees, let climbers grow and install tree tenants. If you let windows dance by designing them in different styles, and if you allow as many irregularities as possible to appear or happen in facades and interiors, houses will recover. Houses will begin to live. Every house, however ugly and sick, can be cured." Bildet: Hundertwasser designet dette søppelforbrenningsverket i Spittelau, i Østerrike.

Hunderwasser har også sagt:

"Mennesker flytter inn som høner og kaniner i sine bur... Fattigkvarterenes materielle ubeboelighet er å foretrekke fremfor den moralske ubeboeligheten til de funksjonelle "nyttige" arkitektene. I fattigkvarterene går kroppen til grunne, hos arkitektkvarterene går sjelen til grunne."

"Mennesker må kunne få dekorere, og sette igjen sine personlige spor til gjenkjennelse."

"Only creativity brings us close to paradise."