WILL ALSOP / ARCHITECT / LONDON


How can politics encourage creativity and innovation?
Often governments mistakenly try to use the idea of templates, or best practice, as a model for trying to create a better future, which results in the future being predicated on the past. This quashes innovation.

Governments should learn to trust the talent they represent and not rely on advisors who are frustrated about making a mistake and losing their jobs. Governments should lighten up.

What do you like best about London?
I live in London, it is big enough to always contain secrets to be discovered. There are also so many people that gossip can never be relied on. Gossip is the fiction that keeps conversation alive. It is quickly forgotten.

What should the world know about your work?
The world should hopefully enjoy my work and not ask too many questions about it. As I get older, I have managed to become less reliant on theories, concepts, ideas and notions – it gives one a freedom. I have also become more private.

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