As part of my research into Copenhagen’s BIG architects, I watched a recent interview with founder Bjarke Ingels titled Different Angles. A story he told dovetailed with something I’ve been thinking. He talked about visiting an abandoned 2,750-year-old Synagogue in northern Iraq. He found out that it had only become derelict in the past 50 years when cultural hostility saw the congregation move to Israel. In the space of 50 years, a nearly three-millennia-old building fell to ruin because it was no longer relevant to the community.
Architects, he said, could build structures that physically endure, but they can only last as long as they are relevant. Sometimes relevance equates to their ability to be repurposed.