Architects and designers are increasingly being forced to choose compliance over creativity to the detriment of their craft, says Japan-born, Sydney-based architect Koichi Takada.
“The whole world has become compliant,” Takada tells ADR.
“We used to have an element in which we, as architects and designers, would challenge and push the boundaries. For me, that was the essence of being creative. But now we are constantly being asked to comply, comply, comply and we eventually do comply.”
Takada founded his eponymous practice 13 years ago in part, he says, because he felt stifled.
Studying under Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and working in New York and London were markedly different to his own upbringing, teaching him that architecture is part of the foundation of any society and an important cultural proposition when done without constraints.
“I came from another culture where I was quite frustrated over being asked to conform. I hated it,” he says. “But when I arrived in Australia, the freedom of expression, of design, of creativity was liberating.”