At the moment various things really preoccupy me:
1. The incoherence and diversity of the architect's work that impedes him form taking advantages of the experience he would gain through coherent work.
2. The need to design large-scale housing complexes. Facing this problem, I think that George Candilis was right when he answered me in Royaumont2 that we have to confront ourselves with the problem by doing away with romantic positions that are incompatible with modern systems of construction.
3. The problem of architectural education and our position relative to students. I have observed the existence of enormous cowardice when faced with young people. Our own disorientation leads us to systematically give way to young people out of fear of appearing old and out-of-date. A great Spanish doctor recently said that in all of the history of mankind, there have never been so many living scientists, but at the same time never had there been so few wise men. We are taught techniques, we are not taught how to live.
4. The problem of teamwork. The true team is the one that designs and carries out the project. I dont believe that an architecture studio will ever be complete without a continuity of work and a close collaboration with those who execute the project.
Dear Alison, my English gets worse by the day and every day I feel more studip (forgive me for writing in French). My most affectionate regards to you and Peter. Every day I believe more in Team 10 and in you both.
1 He refers "It Isnt Geniuses We Need Right Now" "No son genios lo que necesitamos ahora" (1960) sent to Team 10 and published in italian in Domus (November 1961) and in english in the Team 10 minutes: Smithson, Alison (ed.), Team 10 Primer "Team 10 Primer Studio Vista", Studio Vista, London, 1968, pp. 37-38.
2 Meeting Team 10 in Royaumont Abbey, France, September 1962
Excerpt from the 2G Jose Antonio Coderch Issue (Out of Print). Images below of some of his work within Spain.