For how much longer will a barrier of lack of communication and diffidence divide the two cultures, the scientific knowledge and the humanities, technology and craftsmanship, the design and implementation?
This is the number one question of our electronic future that no one, not even the architect, can evade.
And it is useless to seek refuge in games of pure formalism, just as it can be dangerous to cling to the technological virtuosity as an end in itself.
The important thing is to find a point of convergence.
Renzo Piano, in his own way, attempted to overcome this historical gap, assuming advanced technology as a point of reference for his work, but demythologizing it, contemporizing it to the needs of that other culture, the humanities.
And this is, after all, the constant that ennervates his interdisciplinary activities, from the science fiction of Beaubourg to the sophisticated Museum of Houston passing through the district laboratories. Real itinerant yards for the of recovery \"light\" of city centers.
High-tech and craftsmanship, art and social service organizations, industry and crafts, according to a formula that takes us back in time to when the Architect of Gothic cathedrals played all the roles in the aesthetic script: he was designer, master builder and engineer .