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I’ve always thought that design can have equal importance to the idea of internal architecture. Professionally, things can be very dogmatic – you do the architecture, someone else does the interiors, someone else does the furniture, the fabric, etc. But I think design is all-encompassing.

If you look at any leaf on any tree branch, it’s similar to but not exactly a repetition of the previous branch. So the new science of complexity or showing how an architecture can be produced just as quickly, cheaply and efficiently by using computer production methods to get the slight variation, the self-similarity.

I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion. The development procedure is more tactile. It’s about space and form and it’s something you can share with other people.

I like the architecture of lingerie.

When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature – this very unique to Japan.

I believe that architecture, as anything else in life, is evolutionary. Ideas evolve; they don’t come from outer space and crash into the drawing board.

It was my interest in happiness that led me to the subject of habits, and of course, the study of habits is really the study of happiness. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness.

Concrete you can mold, you can press it into – after all, you haven’t any straight lines in your body. Why should we have straight lines in our architecture? You’d be surprised when you go into a room that has no straight line – how marvelous it is that you can feel the walls talking back to you, as it were.

The body moves through space every day, and in architecture in cities that can be orchestrated. Not in a dictatorial fashion, but in a way of creating options, open-ended sort of personal itineraries within a building. And I see that as akin to cinematography or choreography, where episodic movement, episodic moments, occur in dance and film.

Architecture struck me between the eye and the eyeball.

I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.

We need to rediscover the essence of the meaning of ‘the use.’ Architecture is, above all, here for a better living. Every gesture, every shape must be justified by various reasons that would reinforce their reason to be, their use, and will give more sense to their beauty.

Jobs offshoring began with manufacturing, but the rise of the high-speed Internet made it possible to move offshore tradable professional skills, such as software engineering, information technology, various forms of engineering, architecture, accounting, and even the medical reading of MRIs and CT-Scans.

Frank Lloyd Wright made houses right up until the end. I think that’s important because it gives you a direct connection to all the basic aspects of architecture – the spatial energy of the place, the construction, the materials, the site, the detail.

Cost overruns are not uncommon in architecture, particularly for designs that depart from structural or technological norms, or demand a finer quality of execution than commercial schemes – conditions typical of buildings for cultural institutions. Budgets are exceeded for many reasons, not all of them within an architect’s control.

I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.

To me… San Francisco is an ideal city, intellectually stimulating and naturally beautiful. The oceans and forests are close enough to refresh the spirit; the architecture is always exciting.

Architecture is about aging well, about precision and authenticity. There is much more to the success of a building than what you can see. I’m not suggesting that gestural architecture is always superficial, but solid reasoning has its place.

I believe that artistic activities change people. You do effect change. I see architecture as a political, social and cultural act – that is its primary role.

The Egyptian contribution to architecture was more concerned with remembering the dead than the living.

A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.

I’m a designer, which includes interiors, architecture, fashion, furniture, and lifestyle.

Few developments central to the history of art have been so misrepresented or misunderstood as the brief, brave, glorious, doomed life of the Bauhaus – the epochally influential German art, architecture, crafts, and design school that was founded in Goethe’s sleepy hometown of Weimar in 1919.

There’s a snobbery at work in architecture. The subject is too often treated as a fine art, delicately wrapped in mumbo-jumbo. In reality, it’s an all-embracing discipline taking in science, art, maths, engineering, climate, nature, politics, economics.

Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form.

Many of the received models of modern architecture and planning owe their ultimate origin to the building code and public health reform movements of the second half of the 19th century.

What is now called ‘green architecture’ is an opportunistic caricature of a much deeper consideration of the issues related to sustainability that architecture has been engaged with for many years. It was one of the first professions that was deeply concerned with these issues and that had an intellectual response to them.

When people are deprived of a sense, their other senses get heightened. If you’re culturally devoid of something – of weather, of artistry, of interesting architecture, all the way down the line to culture itself – you’re either forced to give in and get that car dealership, or you manufacture those things for yourself.

As a woman, I’m expected to want everything to be nice and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don’t design nice buildings – I don’t like them. I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality.

Everything man is doing in architecture is to try to go against nature. Of course we have to understand nature to know how far we have to go against nature. The secret, I think, of the future is not doing too much. All architects have the tendency to do too much.

I really love Miami, but I don’t think the architecture matches the city. It’s a bit too commercial.

I haven’t really got a green thumb, but I love gardens and their architecture.

I think the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don’t work on it directly. Beauty in architecture is driven by practicality. This is what you learn from studying the old townscapes of the Swiss farmers.

Good conductors know when to let an orchestra lead itself. Ninety percent of what a conductor does comes in the rehearsal – the vision, the structure, the architecture.

Light, God’s eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.

Architecture is the story of how we see ourselves. It is the architect’s job to service everyday life.

A building that has great environmental responsibility is a political animal in a way because it becomes promotional of a cause. I think that kind of advocacy through architecture is really good.

There is still a real need for good quality architecture, not paper architecture, but the real stuff.

I call architecture frozen music.

My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we – architects – can effect the quality of life of the people.

As the OLPC laptop was getting ready to go into mass production in 2007, many executives approached me wanting the screen that I invented, and the laptop architecture that I co-invented, for their new laptops, cell phones, and other devices.

I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.

One my favorite things is to go to the provinces of Russia and see the 18th century wood churches with the onion dome architecture. These humble wonders of incredible imagination of architects that were obviously not living in places like Paris or London, but they’ve created these amazing churches.

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.

Architecture is particularly difficult for women; there’s no reason for it to be. I don’t want to blame men or society, but I think it was for a long time, the clients were men, the building industry is all male.

In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function.

Escape from the architecture ghetto is one of the major drivers and has been from the very beginning.

I think people care. If not, why do so many people spend money going on vacations to see architecture? They go to the Parthenon, to Chartres, to the Sydney Opera House. They go to Bilbao… Something compels them, and yet we live surrounded by everything but great architecture.

Splendid architecture, the love of your life, an old friend… they can all go drifting by unseen if you’re not careful.

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.

For me, architecture is not just creating a space to protect people but to make them dream as well.

I don’t separate architecture, design, or culture. What’s more important is a language of creativity that carries meaning.

The artistic part of us all – I think that the easiest way to appreciate this – is through architecture. Architecture is very impressive; the beauty of buildings, temples.

I see music as fluid architecture.

The general public will almost always stand behind the traditionalists. In the public eye, architecture is about comfort, about shelter, about bricks and mortar.

And when an architect has designed a house with large windows, which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight into these very deep houses, then curtains come to play a big role in architecture.

Architecture is unnecessarily difficult. It’s very tough.

The ultimate goal of the architect…is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture… should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.

We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.

Modern Architecture died in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 15, 1972, at 3.32 p.m. (or thereabouts), when the infamous Pruitt Igoe scheme, or rather several of its slab blocks, were given the final coup de grace by dynamite.

The process I go through in the art and the architecture, I actually want it to be almost childlike. Sometimes I think it’s magical.

To me, form doesn’t always follow function. Form has a life of its own, and at times, it may be the motivating force in design. When you’re dealing with form as a sculptor, you feel that you are quite free in attempting to mould and shape things you want to do, but in architecture, it’s much more difficult because it has to have a function.

All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas!

Princeton University’s campus environment presents unique challenges and opportunities for architecture to act as a social condenser.

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.

I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.

In my early 20s I was so miserable doing construction, I wanted something that paid money. I liked nice stuff. I liked cars and architecture, and things that cost money. I wanted to not swing a hammer, and make money… and not do stuff that was dirty. I attempted to get into comedy. I started to do stand-up, but I wasn’t very good at it.

If people want to see Beaux-Arts, it’s fine with me. I’m interested in good architecture as anybody else.

If I was influenced by anything, it was architecture: structure having to do with logic. If you don’t do it right, the whole thing is going to cave in. In a certain sense, you can carry that to graphic design. Fortunately, however, nobody is going to die if you do it wrong.

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

Trying to describe something musical is like dancing to architecture, it’s really difficult.

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns.

People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. More and more I think that architecture has nothing to do with it. Of course, that’s both liberating and alarming.

The speed of change makes you wonder what will become of architecture.

Our utilitarian structures will mature into architecture only when, through their fulfillment of function, they become carriers of the will of the age.

Does it follow that the house has nothing in common with art and is architecture not to be included in the arts? Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument. Everything else that fulfils a function is to be excluded from the domain of art.

I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.

Architecture is inhabited sculpture.

I didn’t even have a clear idea of why I wanted to go to Oxford – apart from the fact I had fallen in love with the architecture. It certainly wasn’t out of some great sense of academic or intellectual achievement. In many ways, my education only began after I’d left university.

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.

God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper.

Until the Eighties, Oslo was a rather boring town, but it’s changed a lot, and is now much more cosmopolitan. If I go downtown, I visit the harbour to see the tall ships and the ferries, and to admire the modern architecture such as the Opera House or the new Astrup Fearnley Museum on the water’s edge.

I studied architecture in New York. So, really I was very moved, like everyone else, to try to contribute something that has that resonance and profundity of it means to all of us.

Mies van der Rohe’s architecture and modern architecture in general suffered from not only being repetitive, but not explaining to the populous what the different rooms were for.

I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me.

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. Living, Changing, New. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, only today can be given form. Only such architecture is creative.

All architecture has a public nature, I believe, so I would like to make a public space.

Architecture has always been a very idealistic profession. It’s about making the world a better place, and it works over the generations because people go on vacation and they look for it.

The art of dancing stands at the source of all the arts that express themselves first in the human person. The art of building, or architecture, is the beginning of all the arts that lie outside the person; and in the end they unite.

The fossil fuel industry has taken control of, and powered up, architecture and methods originally built by the tobacco industry and others to attack and deny science.

There is little in the architecture of a city that is more beautifully designed than a tree.

I cannot imagine myself fitting into the existing curriculum. I am too self-willed for that and have had my own very definite ideas for a long time, very different from the existing ways, as to how architecture is to be taught.

The building’s identity resided in the ornament.

The Bauhaus strives to bring together all creative effort into one whole, to reunify all the disciplines of practical art – sculpture, painting, handicrafts, and crafts – as inseparable components of a new architecture.

Architecture is basically the design of interiors, the art of organizing interior space.

Washington, D.C., has everything that Rome, Paris and London have in the way of great architecture – great power bases. Washington has obelisks and pyramids and underground tunnels and great art and a whole shadow world that we really don’t see.

Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.

The architecture for ‘Paladin’ – given that it’s at least three books, with the possibility of more – turned out to be bigger than anything I’ve ever created, with multiple levels of reality, interlocking mysteries and a terabyte of time frame.

I’m drawn to furniture design as complete architecture on a minor scale.

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.

The common thread for everything I do is this idea of a Web-services architecture. What does that mean? It means taking components of software and systems and having them be self-describing, so that you can aim them, ask them what their capabilities are, and communicate with them using a standard protocol.

Great architecture of the past was always clear. SFMOMA is still a simple building to understand.

Architecture begins where engineering ends.

I acquired an admiration for Japanese culture, art, and architecture, and learned of the existence of the game of GO, which I still play.

I work a little bit like a sculptor. When I start, my first idea for a building is with the material. I believe architecture is about that. It’s not about paper, it’s not about forms. It’s about space and material.

Architecture is my work, and I’ve spent my whole life at a drawing board, but life is more important than architecture. What matters is to improve human beings.

The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.

The team architecture means setting up an organization that helps people produce that great work in teams.

Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.

The thing I love about Rome is that is has so many layers. In it, you can follow anything that interests you: town planning, architecture, churches or culture. It’s a city rich in antiquity and early Christian treasures, and just endlessly fascinating. There’s nowhere else like it.

Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.

Architecture can’t fully represent the chaos and turmoil that are part of the human personality, but you need to put some of that turmoil into the architecture, or it isn’t real.

All real education is the architecture of the soul.

We are always looking ahead to anticipate what next, and our unique innovation architecture enables us to take an innovation-led approach to help our clients invent the future.

There’s nothing Dutch about my architecture.

Dubai is a vibrant city: Big cars, big buildings… it reminds me of my home town, Hong Kong. People are always on the move here, and there’s a lot going on. There are some wonderful architecture and some not-so-wonderful.

A house is a machine for living in.

Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.

A dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body.

Architecture is art, nothing else.

I like things that are kind of eclectic, when one thing doesn’t go with another. That’s why I love Rome. The town itself is that way. It’s where Fascist architecture meets classic Renaissance, where the ancient bangs up against the contemporary. It has a touch of everything. That’s my style, and that’s what my work is about.

I paint mostly from real life. It has to start with that. Real people, real street scenes, behind the curtain scenes, live models, paintings, photographs, staged setups, architecture, grids, graphic design. Whatever it takes to make it work.

Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.

Architects of grandeur are often the master builders of disillusionment.

New Orleans is unlike any city in America. Its cultural diversity is woven into the food, the music, the architecture – even the local superstitions. It’s a sensory experience on all levels and there’s a story lurking around every corner.

Aesthetically, London is just beautiful; it’s a gorgeous city. The architecture, monuments, the parks, the small streets – it’s an incredible place to be.

Oscar Niemeyer really inspired me. He’s from South America, where nature has meaning. And his architecture was not expensive or high tech but artistic and spiritual. I like that.

If I want to make people moved or cry in a film, I figure out what the room looks like, what the people are wearing, what time of day it is, what the light is, how to photograph it, where to put the camera. It involves optics and costume design and set design and architecture.

We build buildings which are terribly restless. And buildings don’t go anywhere. They shouldn’t be restless.

Architecture is how the person places herself in the space. Fashion is about how you place the object on the person.

Tel Aviv is new, built on the sand dunes north of Jaffa in the 1890s, about the same time Miami was founded. The cities bear a resemblance in size, site, climate, and architecture, which ranges from the bland to the fancifully bland.

Buildings should serve people, not the other way around.

There’s a technicality to designing and wearing hats. A hat is balancing the proportions of your face; it’s like architecture or mathematics.

I don’t want to do architecture that’s dry and dull.

Architecture is a result of a process of asking questions and testing them and re-interrogating and changing in a repetitive way.

Maybe we can show government how to operate better as a result of better architecture. Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.

The beauty of architecture is it involves work that stretches over a very long time but often starts in one instant, with just one emotion, a kind of instinctual response.

Japanese traditional architecture is created based on these conditions. This is the reason you have a very high degree of connection between the outside and inside in architecture.

I don’t think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.

Let us together create the new building of the future, which will be everything in one form: architecture and sculpture and painting.

The way we do our architecture is to show that we can come up with our own solutions. We don’t just take orders.

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm. Geometry and anguish.

Chicago is known for good steaks, expensive stores and beautiful architecture. Unfortunately, the Windy City also enjoys a reputation for corrupt politics, violent crime, and some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere in the country.

I want to abolish time, especially in the contemplation of architecture.

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.

Forms in nature are a byproduct of a reciprocal action between a given material and the conditions of the environment. But in architecture, the process is the direct opposite: First you decide on the form, and then you think how to build it in reality.

The 20th century is a period defined by cultural and artistic movements. However, the 21st century creative-scape that we occupy now doesn’t really have movements in the same way. Instead it’s made up of diverse individuals working across various platforms simultaneously; art, architecture, film, music and literature.

It is good to learn from the ancients. I’m a bit of an ancient myself. They had a lot of time to think about architecture and landscape.

The essence of architecture is form and space, and light is the essential element to the key to architectural design, probably more important than anything. Technology and materials are secondary.

I wanted to be a cartoonist, but there was no cartoon academy. So I enrolled in the Royal Danish Art Academy School of Architecture. But then I really got smitten by architecture.

Chandeliers are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewellery of architecture.

Architecture is about experience: not only visual but also what you can touch, what you can feel.

There are a lot of questions about whether architecture is art. The people who ask that think pretty tract houses are architecture. But that doesn’t hold up.

After World War II great strides were made in modern Japanese architecture, not only in advanced technology, allowing earthquake resistant tall buildings, but expressing and infusing characteristics of traditional Japanese architecture in modern buildings.

I would like to attend college in the future when I have time. I have always been interested in architecture, so perhaps I would pursue a degree in that or business.

They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.

The secret to the movie business, or any business, is to get a good education in a subject besides film – whether it’s history, psychology, economics, or architecture – so you have something to make a movie about. All the skill in the world isn’t going to help you unless you have something to say.

I see architecture not as Gropius did, as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention, in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.

I grew up in a modernist house, in a modernist culture. There was a love for modernism everywhere – the furniture, the books, the food, even the cutlery. So I learned very early to appreciate the value of design and the value of architecture.

You have to accept as an architect to be exposed to criticism. Architecture should not rely on full harmony.

Charleston has something for everyone, rain or shine. Its architecture is unparalleled. Carriage rides are great for seeing the city and hearing the history behind certain houses and the area.

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.

Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand.

It is not with architecture that one can disseminate any political ideology.

Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.

Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence.

Architecture is a very dangerous job. If a writer makes a bad book, eh, people don’t read it. But if you make bad architecture, you impose ugliness on a place for a hundred years.

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.

Wherever technology reaches its real fulfillment, it transcends into architecture.

Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.

Since I am a Japanese man who’s been building through the experience of Japanese architecture, my actual designs come from Japanese architectural concepts, although they’re based on Western methods and materials.

Architecture is a art when one consciously or unconsciously creates aesthetic emotion in the atmosphere and when this environment produces well being.

Modern architecture needed to be part of an evolutionary, not a revolutionary, process.

The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.

I feel however, that we architects have a special duty and mission… (to contribute) to the socio-cultural development of architecture and urban planning.

I got into architecture via fine arts, and I was a sculptor myself, and I have always involved artists in my projects. When I say ‘involved,’ I mean I always bring artists in at the beginning projects before they’re built and say, ‘Will you do a room? Will you do a sculpture floating in mid-air? Will you make a chimney? Will you do something?’

The Green Climate Fund is very much a strategic building block in the architecture for financing sustainable development.

I’ve always seen architecture as a healing art, not just as a beautification art.

I think about architecture all the time. That’s the problem. But I’ve always been like that. I dream it sometimes.

The ultimate pleasure of architecture lies in the most forbidden parts of the architectural act, where limits are perverted and prohibitions are transgressed.

Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became.

Winning a competition in architecture is a ticket to oblivion. It’s just an idea. Ninety-nine per cent never get built.

Architecture depends on facts, but its real field of activity lies in the realm of the significance.

Architecture has joined the world of fashion, but fashion is passing and architecture is timeless.

Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.

What’s interesting about architects is, we always have tried to justify beauty by looking to nature, and arguably, beautiful architecture has always been looking at a model of nature.

I started collecting aerial photographs of Native American and South Pacific architecture; only the African ones were fractal. And if you think about it, all these different societies have different geometric design themes that they use. So Native Americans use a combination of circular symmetry and fourfold symmetry.

To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.

Whatever good things we build end up building us.

Together let us desire, conceive, and create the new structure of the future, which will embrace architecture and sculpture and painting in one unity and which will one day rise toward Heaven from the hands of a million workers like the crystal symbol of a new faith.

I think New Orleans is such a beautiful city. It looks like a fairytale when you walk through the French Quarter or the Garden District. There is such a lush sense of color, style, architecture – and the people themselves.

When I started studying architecture, people would say, you know, ‘Can you tell me why are all modern buildings so boring?’ Because, like, people had this idea that in the good old days, architecture had, like, ornament and little towers and spires and gargoyles, and today, it just becomes very practical.

For me, architecture is the means, not the end. It’s a means of making different life forms possible.

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.

The Internet is probably the most important technological advancement of my lifetime. Its strength lies in its open architecture and its ability to allow a framework where all voices can be heard.

In art school, it was about feeling. In architecture school, it was about ideas.

The only job that was ever of interest to me other than filmmaking is architecture.

Everyone should be able to build, and as long as this freedom to build does not exist, the present-day planned architecture cannot be considered art at all.

Architecture is invention.

I don’t believe that classical architecture is enough to engage people anymore. They say: ‘So what else is new?’

Once you learn to look at architecture not merely as an art more or less well or more or less badly done, but as a social manifestation, the critical eye becomes clairvoyant.

Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture.

I’ve spent a lot of very happy times in Edinburgh as a result of playing virtually every festival since 1996. It’s also a beautiful city in its own right, is walkable, within sight of the sea and mountains – and was too far north for the Luftwaffe to have done any damage, hence the spectacularly beautiful architecture.

The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.

Underwater, I experience space with my body. I’ll see a school of fish gathering and moving together and I’ll exclaim, ‘This is architecture.’

In architecture the idea degenerated. Design allows a more direct and pleasurable route.

Architecture is the beginning of something because it’s – if you’re not involved in first principles, if you’re not involved in the absolute, the beginning of that generative process, it’s cake decoration.

I always look forward to the next project. That is one of the wonderful things about architecture – you always can hope for another project to design.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

When you have rules to abide by, does that curtail you as a designer, or set you free? People think of classical architecture visually, but I think the brilliant part of it is actually spatial.

Architecture is not an inspirational business, it’s a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that’s all.

My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

One of my favorite vacation places is Miami, because of the people, the water and the beach – of course – and the architecture on Miami Beach is so wonderful.

With vocal and choral music, first and foremost, it’s the text. Not only do I need to serve the text, but the text – when I’m doing it right – acts as the perfect ‘blueprint’, and all the architecture is there. The poet has done the heavy lifting, so my job is to find the soul of the poem and then somehow translate that into music.

There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart. There is a powerful need for symbolism, and that means the architecture must have something that appeals to the human heart.

My hope is that light, flexible architecture might bring about a new and open society.

Architecture is a ride – a physical ride and an intellectual ride.

Nothing requires the architect’s care more than the due proportions of buildings.

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.

For me, the excitement in architecture revolves around the idea and the phenomenon of the experience of that idea. Residences offer almost immediate gratification. You can shape space, light, and materials to a degree that you sometimes can’t in larger projects.

Architecture is exposed to life. If its body is sensitive enough, it can assume a quality that bears witness to past life.

Architecture is measured against the past; you build in the future, and you try to imagine the future.

I would say that to put architecture in the chain of history, to be able to interpret and understand why we are where we are, is quite crucial.

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.

I’d been to Stourhead and was inspired by the perfect parity between architecture and art; in fact, the architecture is the art. I wrote a piece called ‘Not Sculpture Park,’ because most of these things become car parks for bought-in sculpture. The artists should be working with the site, not just plonking pieces down.

Quebec City is the most European of any city in North America; they speak French all the time. There is a part of town called Old Quebec which is really like being in France. The architecture is just gorgeous, food, shopping. I’d say Quebec City is the most beautiful city in North America I’ve seen.

If you’re inclined to dismiss L.A. as a place of unrelenting vapidity and generic 1980s architecture, then you’re doing yourself and L.A. a huge disservice, and you’re just not looking hard enough.

Form follows function.

Less is more.

My architecture tends to be legible, light and flexible. You can read it. You look at a building, and you can see how it is constructed. I put the structure outside.

Oratory is the masterful art. Poetry, painting, music, sculpture, architecture please, thrill, inspire – but oratory rules. The orator dominates those who hear him, convinces their reason, controls their judgment, compels their action. For the time being, he is master.

My interest was always to do interdisciplinary work with space. I thought of architecture as one strand in a multimedia practice.

Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.

Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.

There’s something very special about seeing history so clearly in front of you through that architecture that you just don’t get in the U.S. If I was asked to choose where I’d most like to live, I would always choose London.

By the late Nineties, we had become a more visual nation. Big-money taste moved to global standards – new architecture, design and show-off contemporary art. The Sloane domestic aesthetic – symmetry, class symbolism and brown furniture – became as unfashionable as it had been hot in the early Eighties.

People wouldn’t know this about me, but I adore ball gowns. I love their cut, their architecture and the thought of the hands of so many seamstresses working on them.

Architecture is a special kind of career that showcases the accumulations of culture, time, and history.

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.

If you look at the Earth without architecture, it’s sometimes a little bit unpleasant. So there is this basic human need to do shelter in the broadest sense of the word, whether it’s a movie theater or a simple log cabin in the mountains. This is the core of architecture: To provide a space for human beings.

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.

The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.

In Rome, I particularly love the history, churches, sculptures and architecture and the fact that you can walk along a tiny cobbled street and turn the corner to find the Trevi Fountain. London is evocative of other eras and full of history.

I have traveled a fair amount, and I have visited some great cities. I love architecture and museums and castles and ruins and central markets and even double-decker bus tours. But, I am a sucker for a tropical beach.

For a long time, nobody had figured out Information Architecture, so we all just made stuff up.

I loved logic, math, computer programming. I loved systems and logic approaches. And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.

Blockchain technology isn’t just a more efficient way to settle securities. It will fundamentally change market structures, and maybe even the architecture of the Internet itself.

If a dictator takes up my ideas, the resulting town will survive the political system that commissioned it and stand as a social good. Besides, modernism rather than classicism has dominated the architecture of totalitarian regimes of both the left and right.

Chicago’s one of the rare places where architecture is more visible.

Architecture should be rooted in the past, and yet be part of our own time and forward looking.

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.

Our subliminal mental processes operate outside awareness because they arise in these portions of our mind that are inaccessible to our conscious self; their inaccessibility is due to the architecture of the brain rather than because they have been subject to Freudian motivational forces like repression.

I founded a club, which is called the Brutally Early Club. It’s basically a breakfast salon for the 21st century where art meets science meets architecture meets literature.

The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.

Architecture is a science arising out of many other sciences, and adorned with much and varied learning; by the help of which a judgment is formed of those works which are the result of other arts.

In the big picture, architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives.

Art is very tricky because it’s what you do for yourself. It’s much harder for me to make those works than the monuments or the architecture.

My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.

Of all the lessons most relevant to architecture today, Japanese flexibility is the greatest.

Architecture is about public space held by buildings.

To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works.

On inspection, Gaudi’s architecture isn’t whimsical at all.

Architecture is the thoughtful making of space.

If architecture had nothing to do with art, it would be astonishingly easy to build houses, but the architect’s task – his most difficult task – is always that of selecting.

Infrastructure is much more important than architecture.

Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.

A lasting architecture has to have roots.

Downtown Toronto is a very good place to talk about the neutrality of modernist architecture. I’m sure this kind of box-building was interesting in the Twenties, Thirties and Forties, but I think it’s absolutely ridiculous to build like this in 2013.

Every building is a prototype. No two are alike.

The future of architecture is culture.

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.

Engineering, medicine, business, architecture and painting are concerned not with the necessary but with the contingent – not with how things are but with how they might be – in short, with design.

Each new situation requires a new architecture.

Architecture begins when you place two bricks carefully together.

Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.

Liquid architecture. It’s like jazz – you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it’s a way of – for me, it’s a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city.

To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.

It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled.

I don’t know why I’ve always been so captivated by architecture.

I enjoy art, architecture, museums, churches and temples; anything that gives me insight into the history and soul of the place I’m in. I can also be a beach bum – I like to laze in the shade of a palm tree with a good book or float in a warm sea at sundown.

Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.

I would like to use architecture to create bonds between people who live in cities, and even use it to recover the communities that used to exist in every single city.

The thing about Chicago is that it really isn’t like any other place. The architecture and the layout of the city are the best. I’m from the Midwest, and consider myself a Midwesterner. I feel most at home there. I love California. I have great friends in California. I just have always considered Illinois to be home.

The problem of architecture has always been the same throughout time. Its authentic quality is reached through its proportions, and the proportions cost nothing. In fact, most of them are proportions among things, not the things themselves. Art is almost always a question of proportions.

Half of architecture students are women, and you see respected, established female architects all the time.

I don’t believe in morality in architecture.

Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect’s task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.

Architecture is definitely a political act.

The difference between good and bad architecture is the time you spend on it.

To me, architecture is an art, naturally, and it isn’t architecture unless it’s alive. Alive is what art is. If it’s not alive, it’s dead, and it’s not art.

Architecture is always the will of the age conceived as space – nothing else. Until this simple truth is clearly recognized, the struggle over the foundation of a new architecture confident in its aims and powerful in its impact cannot be realized; until then, it is destined to remain a chaos of uncoordinated forces.

Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.

Architecture is restricted to such a limited vocabulary. A building is either a high-rise or a perimeter block or a town house.

The problem with digital architecture is that an algorithm can produce endless variations, so an architect has many choices.

Istanbul is inspiring because it has its own code of architecture, literature, poetry, music.

The show is called ‘The Office,’ and while it focuses on the people, the architecture of the space is very important.

In architecture you should live for 150 years, because you have to learn in the first 75 years.

We need a new health care architecture that will reduce costs, improve outcomes, and protect vulnerable persons.

All those involved in the construction of an architectural design, from the architect to the builder, have an attachment to the architecture, although it’s difficult to quantify the attachment.

The more centralized the power, the less compromises need to be made in architecture.

In 2008, when Russia attacked Georgia, Western countries took it as an isolated incident, but probably this was the start of the push against our underlying international security architecture. And this push then started a landslide which in 2014 resulted in Crimean occupation.

Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.

An important work of architecture will create polemics.

Architecture will always express the technical and social progress of the country in which it is carried out. If we wish to give it the human content that it lacks, we must participate in the political struggle.

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it’s modern architecture.

I’m not a religious person. But, when I look at a beautiful cathedral, what brings awe, what induces awe is the idea that architecture, you know, a beautiful cathedral, a beautiful building.

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.

I believe that architecture is fundamentally a public space where people can gather and communicate, think about the history, think about the lives of human beings, or the world.

The first thing you must know as an actor or director is the space you will inhabit. See the architecture; imagine where things can happen in space.

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.

If architecture is frozen music then music must be liquid architecture.

Architecture is a discourse; everything is a discourse. Fashion discourse is actually a micro-discourse, because it’s centered around the body. It is the most rapidly developing form of discourse.

What makes architecture extraordinary is that you’re looking at the building, but your peripheral vision is also seeing how it fits within a space. And it’s seeing more than one part of the building at one time.

Architecture is a service business. An architect is given a program, budget, place, and schedule. Sometimes the end product rises to art – or at least people call it that.

I’ve always been attracted to classic patterns in architecture, music and drama.

Architecture is not merely national but clearly has local ties in that it is rooted in the earth.

Buildings in modern cities have lost their metaphoric aspect. Much contemporary architecture is very fragmented and busy on the outside. It’s like a skin or a skull, but you don’t know what’s inside.

It’s not new that architecture can profoundly affect a place, sometimes transform it. Architecture and any art can transform a person, even save someone.

I attended classes and taught classes, in Food Anthropology at Pace University, with an anthropology professor. You can trace history by the architecture and food of a place. Food is one of those things that transcends and stays in the culture.

Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.

Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.

I truly believe that the great heroes that create the history of architecture are people who take risks and write to tell about it.

Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.

If you look at the architecture of Washington, D.C., it is not by mistake that the dome over the Capitol is the very center of the federal city. The White House and the Supreme Court are set about us, satellites to the supreme power of the people expressed in the legislative authority of Congress.

Good architecture should be a projection of life itself, and that implies an intimate knowledge of biological, social, technical, and artistic problems.

Everything about camera movement, about how film was made, shot architecture, and time management… I was horrible at all that.

We have to base architecture on the environment.

You don’t have to spend much time in Shanghai before you start to get all existential about the meaning of authenticity. Did you know that Shanghai is building nine satellite towns, each designed to mimic the architecture and culture of a different country?

Newport Center has become a Mediterranean town. The climate here is the same as the Mediterranean’s, and so is the architecture. This center exudes a radiance, an energy. It will become a special way of life for everyone.

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.

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