Everything inspires me, sometimes I think see things others don't. -Norman Foster
*每件事物都能激发我的灵感，我有时觉得我看到了他人所看不到的 -Norman Foster
If you look how Norman looks,
always dressed a very particularly kind of style.
He reflects the quality of the architecture very much,
*it has the sense of doing things precisely, carefully, considerably.
精准 认真 深思熟虑
But you also see there's something,
about the architecture which is hard to read.
How do you understand a building which is a black glass, curved screen?
You don't quite know what's going on inside,
and maybe that's Norman also.
The first drawing I can remember making,
was of an aircraft,
and it was...
it use the only knowledge of aircraft that I had first time,
which was the model aircraft,
was the high wing, the ribs,
and the source of power was...
*you know, the rubber, I mean the strands of rubber,
but this was on a herculean scale.
You know, I was up there several storeys above the ground,
with the joystick and the lever that would unleashed this,
you know, kilometers of rubber.
I obviously had this fantasy that.
You know, I was sitting there and control all of this great craft.
I can remember the drawing very well,
You can see all kinds of reasons why Norman,
[American Air Museum Duxford, UK, 1997]
throughout his life so fascinated by flight.
The reason of course the beauty of a artifact,
*the way of the wind curve every engine,
*the way the *it's bring the every pieces of metal,
there also the sense of control and command.
If he been taught fly when he is in royal air force,
there is no question,
but the world will lost an architect,
he would become a pilot.
They send the building like Eiffel tower,
change the way of lot of people thought of the world,
*it literally saw it in another perspective and that's reflected in the paintings.
[Millau Viaduct France,2004]
米约大桥 法国 2004
I think it's an architect,
if you privilege to be able to enjoy that dimension of flight,
to be able to see how awesome nature and the forces of nature,
to be able to fly up at this distances at high speed
with no engines or solar power
and to be able to literally almost sniff out the rising air, the sinking air,
*and to remain *aloft,
but it also about challenges,
and it's the poetic dimension.
It's... something I never tired of,
There something that is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
but the idea of bridge marching forward through a landscape,
on a series of giant legs the scale of skyscrapers.
In the evening,*you drive across,
当黄昏时? 你驾车经过Millau bridge
so you can see how spectacular it looks.
We forgotten the useful things could be this beautiful.
Norman never stop drawing,
he communicates in the most effictive way,
through sharp pencil and beautiful block of paper,
in his car there are fresh note pads,
and fresh sharpen pencils,
just in case something comes to him.
he is always drawing,
drawing, drawing, drawing...
it's his way he thinks，
it's his way argues points,
you can see the buildings take shape.
His line is very spare,
but very expressive,
in a very economic way,
just like Norman.
I think he is the most self motivation person,
[Tony Hunt Engineer] Tony Hunt
Tony Hunt 工程师
I ever meet,
he has passions,
has passion for architecture,
he has passions for skiing.
he has the passions for flying.
which is, I mean, amazing.
you know, You don't know, but he had a commercial pilot's license.
[George Weidenfeld Publisher & Writer]
George Weidenfeld 作家 出版商
He wants to conquer,
which is conquer infirmity,
in the sense that he wants to show how far one can do through real power.
*I came from a sort of continental,
[Richard Rogers Architect]
Richard Rogers 建筑师
*multi-spotted, slightly middle class, upper class,
Norman really made it himself,
and full of wish for that,
but made him very much know from the the beginning, that the way he is going to go.
hearing bomber go over the house,
in the middle of the night,
with my mother, I remember,
about you know, what kind of bomber it might be,
and just breaking down to flutter of tears,
just being absolutely, abjectly, terrified.
[Norman Foster's first visit to his childhood home in 30 years,Manchester,UK]
Norman was the only child,
*he was born in the min* streets in the Manchester,
*just of the great depression,
Robert, his father,
manange a poor work shop,
his mother Lilian became waitress,
My voice had change from my father died,
my father was a tenor,
you know, it's was some gift,
I just found a new voice almost,
and I asking him about his father,
and what he got from his father,
and Norman said both his father and mother just workaholic,
they worked and worked and worked,
and he said the only thing was,
*he ? the results from the working so hard,
*he had got to know them as well as he would've liked.
This is very important, isn't it?
[Deyan Sudjic Writer & architectual critic]
Deyan Sudjic 作家 建筑评论人
when you do those drawing going to a university.
and when I was at university,
I had a drawing board here,
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