“Moneo may be the only living designer whose work, in its versatility and conceptual sensitivity, comes closest to epoch-defining talents like Alvar Aalto and Paul Rudolph. And yet in the United States we seem to be in a moment — well, it’s been a lot longer than a moment — when important buildings are either expected to generate spectacle or belong to a recognizably branded style. Context, suitability and intelligence are considered secondary to provocation. The problem with this is that the built environment is something we have to live with for a long time, and excitement, once tasted, has a tendency to distort the other ways a building can be important.”
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