LAPIERRE Éric Economy Of Means (2018)

Economy of means is the essential principle underlying, as it has every worthwhile work since time immemorial, architecture of the ordinary condition. With the rarefied material means at its disposal, it cannot generally allow itself, in the strict sense of the term, the financial luxury of superfluous elements; above all it cannot, for the sake of conceptual clarity, allow itself any useless elements, given the apparently very simple forms that distinguish it. It’s thanks to the economy of means that the most seemingly insignificant element can actually join in the interplay of relations that characterize architecture. With its voluntary reduction, the economy of means enables regaining control of the ordinary condition by, in a way, raising the stakes on it. Setting the terms of his or her own frugality is the principal freedom afforded the architect of the ordinary condition. The more the means are reduced, the greater their expressive capacity. Economy of means results in works sculpted like the bodies of athletes, works far from the fuzzy forms and fat resulting from means uncritically employed.

– Forty eight pages (2018)