"In Japan, they ask how it will work in 20 or 30 years and say, "We want your best work." In China, they say, 'Don't get overinvested in the function. We want an icon,' and in the U.S. you work with one hand tied behind you back," Mayne said. "We are a country in doubt, questioning who we are at every level. These are not useful constructs when you are trying to promote innovation."
from Architectural Record 2011