How do Lievore + Altherr Désile Park work together – do you share a holistic process/vision?
Alberto Lievore and I have been partners for 35 years, you can imagine that as we have overcome so many challenging times together – including two heavy financial crises before Corona – we are deeply connected and share the same values and approach. The same goes for Delphine Desile and Dennis Park. They are long-term collaborators who became partners in a natural process which we made official one year ago.
In the studio, we always had a very flat hierarchy that celebrates diversity within unity, and we are aware that this wide but connected angle is one of the keys to our success as a studio. Alberto is over 70 years now, it is normal that he wants to step back little by little, being involved in less projects; while I am 54 and want to continue the studio in the same spirit as ever! The re-naming of the studio is a natural extension of the previous years and simply makes how we already worked for so long official. We will continue to work together as before, but in a way that reflects more clearly the way we all contribute to the projects.
In your opinion, what are the current challenges and opportunities facing the industry?
The current crisis accelerated and amplified trends that were already there before: the most important are 1) digitalisation versus the analogue world, which translates into the increasingly remote way we work and consume, and the huge impact this will have on consumption, communication, distribution, production and trading. And 2) the environmental crisis that is already a reality and will become the next big crisis in a few years.
The current crisis shows us how we deal with such a worldwide challenge, and what successful strategies are: facing the challenge asap instead denying it; collaboration instead of competition (very important); and accepting complexity and holistic thinking instead of wishing for easy answers. Listening to experts when still something can be done, preparing our society, minds, production and environment to be more resilient, as well as opting for local solutions – we are all connected but not everywhere in the same condition. Lastly, reshaping globalisation and growth into a more prudent and sustainable way: less but better.
Photography: Salva Lopez and Frederick Vercruysse