Isozaki says architects need to research and take time in their work. He points out that Jean Nouvel participated in many competitions while still a student but did not win any. But he continued without quitting and entered hundreds of entries only to win one. Both Jean Nouvel and Rem Koolhaas have bankrupted numerous times.
This is similar to “the utopian ideology whereby the ideal world of utopia cannot be reached just by rushing towards it (without sacrifice). Constantly one is in pursuit of it. It is essential to establish the ultimate goal since that is what propels you forward.”
I think what Isozaki is implying here is that somethings gotta give when you design for utopia. The reason it’s so hard to bring about change, large-scale urban changes at least, is that people don’t like change. They are comfortable with the familiar. But to really make a change you need sacrifice, whether that’s emotional or the physical demolition of the built environment, somethings gotta give.
Arata Isozaki: Interviews with Arata Isozaki in Asia. Japan Architect Co Ltd, 2008, p75.