Architecture Quotes


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"Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age"
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"If I have a style, I am not aware of it"
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"Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all"
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"An architect's most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site"
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"In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function"
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"To me, a building - if it's beautiful - is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that"
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"For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the belief that most planning and architectural design suffers for lack of real and basic purpose. The ultimate purpose, it seems to me, must be the improvement of mankind"
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"A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom"
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"To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it"
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"Cities are the greatest creations of humanity"
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"The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs"
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"Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have"
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"My buildings don't speak in words but by means of their own spaciousness"
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"If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness"
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"At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together. I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture"
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"Every building is a prototype. No two are alike"
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"A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive"
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"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"
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"Designed by architects with honorable intentions but hands of palsy"
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"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness"
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"Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building"
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"Buildings should serve people, not the other way around"
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"Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their attention on the building as a static object. I believe dynamics are more important: the dynamics of people, their interaction with spaces and environmental condition"
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"We build buildings which are terribly restless. And buildings don't go anywhere. They shouldn't be restless"
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"Architecture is the art of how to waste space"
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"Architecture tends to consume everything else, it has become one's entire life"
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"Architecture is the reaching out for the truth"
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"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"
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"The higher the building the lower the morals"
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"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"