Cities are the greatest creations of humanity.
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.
Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
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.
Winning a competition in architecture is a ticket to oblivion. It’s just an idea. Ninety-nine per cent never get built.
In Los Angeles, by the time you’re 35, you’re older than most of the buildings.
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.
To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.
After about the first Millennium, Italy was the cradle of Romanesque architecture, which spread throughout Europe, much of it extending the structural daring with minimal visual elaboration.
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.
A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive.
It’s my goal to make a building as immaterial as possible. Architecture is a very material thing. It takes a lot of resources, so why not eliminate what you don’t need as long as you’re able to achieve the same result?
The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture.
Convinced as I am and as I am from my government that the world needs a new moral architecture over all I believe that this should be the first topic to debate in our world of today, ethics, moral.
The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.
I don’t find Hollywood interesting, so I’m thinking of studying architecture instead.
Architecture is not an inspirational business, it’s a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that’s all.
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.
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.
Every building is a prototype. No two are alike.
As a designer, the mission with which we have been charged is simple: providing space at the right cost.
The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions.
I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away.
Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.
The same sort of thing happened in my dispute with the National Trust book: Follies: A National Trust Guide, which implied that the only pleasure you can get from Folly architecture is by calling the architect mad, and by laughing at the architecture.
But those musics do not address the larger kind of architecture in time that classical music does, whatever each one of us knows that classical music must mean.
The dialogue of architecture has been centered too long around the idea of truth.
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 have no requirements for a style of architecture.
I don’t believe in morality in architecture.