“many interests and powerful personalities”

I’m in Las vegas this week at a professional conference. I was reading Gunter Behnisch by Peter Blunder Jones on the plane and ran across this passage regarding the growth of the firm following the award for the design of the 1972 Munich Olympic Park:

“The many interests and powerful personalities involved could have been overwhelming, leading to dilution or compromise, but Behnisch guided it through, persuading all to pull together. The experience proved the worth of acting as critic and manager rather than making designs directly, a method which, if successful, allows greater creative range. Many architects fail to manage this transition and lose their way, the work becoming dull and bureaucratic. The key to Behnisch’s success is his gift to harness and focus the creativity of others. It requires open-mindedness and imaginative insight to see where an idea might go. It also presumes that architecture is team-work to which many may¬†contribute.”

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