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" A building is hard to judge. It takes many years to find out whether it works. It's not as simple as asking the people in the office whether they like it. "
" I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away. "
" We are creating a unique experience. It's starts with how you see the building from a distance. "
" You'd never think of taking a cab if you had to walk a mile down Chicago's Michigan Avenue. But in a bad city you take a cab just to go around the corner. "
" I've never looked at a suburban building as being a minor building and an urban building as being a major building. "
" For me, though, the fun is over when I get the job. "
" The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture. "
" I think the younger generation, the people poised to dominate the workforce, are more socially conscious. They are more demanding in terms of environment and how that environment contributes to their life. "
" A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive. "
" A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes. "
" IBM has a very solid business image. "
" 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? "
" Every building is a prototype. No two are alike. "
" Most architects say: I want to use this type of glass, even if it's too reflective or doesn't let enough light in. However, the use of a certain type of glass might change the comfort level. "
" The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions. "
" In Europe, they're more demanding, the ones that rent the build ings. "
" When I came to America in the '60s, it was the place to be. I wonder if I'd come here today. "
" Chinese buildings are like American buildings, with big footprints. People don't care about daylight or fresh air. "
" America has always imported history. "
" In Europe, architects consider themselves artists. They think they're special when they win a competition. "
" When I think of some of my earlier work, it really seems a fortunate coincidence that I succeeded. "
" Higher ceilings allow the use indirect lighting, which is much healthier and reduces glare. "
" I find if my body feels well and I exercise regularly, I think better, work better and feel better. "
" Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building: it's not just a physical idea, it's also an intellectual one. "
" I'm just a nice and easy person. "
" I wanted to improve the suburban office building; to create a great urban space in a suburban environment with all that implies about interaction, collaboration and creativity. "
" I'm ashamed to be German. "
" Critics are entitled to have an opinion, but how can they judge how comfortable a building is? No critic is smart enough to judge how a building will perform over time. "
" Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new. "
" I think there will be a 200-story skyscraper someday. However, it will require a developer who will not think in conventional terms and for whom economic restraints won't apply. "
" You don't know what the Chinese expect in the way of beauty. The presentation is just a farce. You come into a room filled with 50 people and they don't talk to you. There's very little interaction. "