BBC journalist Sarah Montague spoke to the designer of London's recently completed Shard as part of her show, 'Hardtalk.' The episode features Italian architect Renzo Piano as he explains the ideas behind The Shard and his own beliefs regarding the relationship between architecture, people and cities.
Mr. Piano describes his solution to suburban sprawl and the climate crisis in the excerpt below.
"The solution is not expansion by explosion, the solution is expansion by implosion," Mr. Piano explains. "That is the opposite. It's actually the only sustainable growth in the city, especially in a city like London, is to grow from inside. Building on what we call 'brown field.' I've built in my life, always, on brown field. In Berlin I built on brown field, it was the little space left between east and west Berlin for 45 years. But you know, in cities you have always the possibilities to grow. It doesn't mean that I preach the value of making tall buildings everywhere, I'm just saying that from time to time in very few cases with miracles like this one, it makes sense to go up and to show that energy."
Watch the video of the interview below.