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Friday's hidden gem: Thom Mayne on creativity and vision

Each Friday recently, we’ve been featuring a TEDTalk that was posted early on in the TED.com experiment. Today’s hidden gem is from architect Thom Mayne, who says early on in his TEDTalk: “No matter what I’ve done, what I’ve tried to do, everybody says it can’t be done.”

Mayne talks about the job of an architect — or any creative person — as a negotiation between one’s internal world, the world of aspiration and vision, and the exterior world of limits. Finding creative ways to balance these two worlds involves remaining true to a vision while generating something useful and new.

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More: See a slideshow of Thom Mayne’s work (up to 2005, the year he won the Pritzker Prize for Architecture) at NYTimes.com.

Marvel at Thom Mayne’s next building, the Phare Tower in Paris

Hear Thom Mayne’s playlist as a guest DJ last week on KCRW.