The continuous present

“Without getting too theoretical, the most important thing in architecture is the feeling of the continuous present. Old and new things shouldn’t look like they don’t know one another. It’s like a bookshelf: you put things beside each other, and there they stand. Your new thing should feel like it was already there, and has come into itself out of what was around it. Every single building was new, once, and it’s not a crisis.”

– John Tuomey (co-architect of Belfast’s Lyric Theatre, with Sheila O’Donnell), interviewed in The Guardian

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The continuous present