To anyone who wants to be a guerilla designer the message is get yourself an orange reflective jacket. They’re the perfect camouflage for the battle zone of the urban environment. Enemy territory is occupied by local authority planners, property developers, utility companies and people with clipboards. Operating legitimately is a battle for permits and permissions. To blend in, you need to look official.
Lacaton & Vassal are in a chilly London to open an exhibition but Jean-Philippe Vassal’s thoughts are of the Sahara. “When you are on a beautiful carpet placed directly on the sand, with maybe some beautiful women, drinking some tea and with some very nice music, it’s really luxurious.” Vassal is one half of the French practice whose ideas of luxury and economy are creating a new value system for architecture.