Architects must work harder "to put new ideas on the table" says Liz Diller

Architects should be more proactive in driving forward development proposals, says architect Elizabeth Diller in this exclusive video interview Dezeen filmed at the RIBA International Conference in London.

Liz Diller, a co-founder of New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, said that architects shouldn’t wait around for clients to bring them projects – and should instead be pushing forward ideas of their own.

“I think it’s up to us to put new ideas on the table, not to wait for a developer or an institution to come to us,” she says in the movie, which Dezeen filmed for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Diller spoke to Dezeen shortly after taking part in a panel discussion that explored the New Urban Agenda – the United Nations’ global strategy for sustainable development and housing over the coming two decades.

In the interview, Diller says architects are given plenty of opportunities to develop their own projects. She says that being proactive is the only way architects can have a positive impact on the way cities develop.

“Architects typically inherit programmes or sites,” she says. “We maybe twist the programme a little bit, bring our own invention into it and we feel perfectly happy when we walk away. It doesn’t feel like quite enough.”

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