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All Quotes by author - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
" 1926 was the most significant year. Looking back, it seems that it was not just a year in the sense of time. It was a year of great realisation or awareness. It seems to me that at certain times of the history of man, the understanding of certain situations ripens. "
" A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous. "
" After my time in Holland, an inner battle ensued in which I tried to free myself from the influence of Schinkelesque classicism. "
" Architecture begins when you place two bricks carefully together. "
" Architecture depends on facts, but its real field of activity lies in the realm of the significance. "
" Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form. "
" 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. "
" Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. "
" Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins. "
" Behrens had a great sense of the great form. that was his main interest; and that I certainly understood and learned from him. "
" Cheese was the staple. Bread you brought from home. The Schnaps came later. At the end of the week when people got paid, that's when you got your Schnaps, lots of it, five Pfennige a shot. "
" Create form out of the nature of the task with the means of our time. This is our work. "
" Each material has its specific characteristics which we must understand if we want to use it. This is no less true of steel and concrete. "
" Education must lead us from the irresponsible opinion to true responsible judgment. It must lead us from chance and arbitrariness to rational clarity and intellectual order. Therefore, let us guide our students over the road of discipline from materials, through function, to creative work. "
" Every How is carried by a What. "
" Form as a goal always ends in formalism. For this striving is directed not towards an inside, but towards an outside. But only a living inside has a living outside. "
" Generally, I think my work has so much influence because of its reasonableness. "
" God is in the details. "
" I discovered by working with actual glass models that the important thing is the play of reflections and not the effect of light and shadow, as in ordinary buildings. "
" I do not oppose form, but only form as a goal. "
" I do not think it is an advantage to build planned packaged houses. If you prefabricate a house completely, it becomes an unnecessary restriction. "
" I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good. "
" I especially remember that on All Souls Day, when so many people wanted new monuments for the graves, our whole family pitched in. I did the lettering on the stones, my brother did the carving, and my sisters put the finishing touches on them, the gold leaf and all that. "
" If one limits to developing only the kitchen and bathroom as standardized rooms because of their installation, and then also decides to arrange the remaining living area with movable walls, I believe that any justified living requirements can be met. "
" If there really is no new way to be found, we are not afraid to stick with the old one that we found previously. So, I do not make every building different. "
" I hope you will understand that architecture has nothing to do with the inventions of forms. It is not a playground for children, young or old. Architecture is the real battleground of the spirit. "
" In 1912, when I was working in The Hague, I first saw a drawing by Louis Sullivan of one of his buildings. It interested me. "
" In addition to the wishes of the client, the position, orientation, and size of the plot also play an important role in determining the final plan of the house. The 'where' and 'how' of the exterior then follows naturally from all of that. "
" Industrialization of the building trade is a question of material. Hence the demand for a new building material is the first prerequisite. "
" I really don't know the Chicago School. You see, I never walk. I always take taxis back and forth to work. I rarely see the city. "
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