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" Architects are not clients. We can't build without something to built. "
" You know, the environment is fragmenting, and the environment is, in many places, absolutely hideous! "
" Clearly, private developers can have different aims, and architects can only play a certain role. You can have some pretty big battles on public commissions, too. The key is to have a good client. "
" I think you could make a completely Virtual Centre, though I have a general feeling, and maybe because I am getting very old, that you still need face to face. "
" I don't understand why everyone has to wear black, grey and white. "
" I like the idea of trying to influence society by taking a brief, then maybe subtly changing it or looking at it in a new way to see what interesting things can emerge. "
" Education in British schools isn't good enough. It's not remotely imaginative enough. It lets down too many children, excluding them from society, and, as I've often said, people who are excluded from society tend to express themselves in ways not acceptable to society. "
" My parents always told me that nothing was impossible. "
" My mother was very family-oriented. And I do love being with my children. "
" 'Be passionate about your work and your life' was instilled in me by my mother Dada, who was a potter. She also introduced me to the arts and encouraged me to embrace the new. "
" There is a Jewish tradition of family, too, but then not all Italian or Jewish families are close. "
" If I remember rightly Holland for instance has something like 45, and it's a much smaller country. In comparison we have very few and they are very badly financed. "
" I think greed is a critical problem - the gap between the poor and the rich. The gap between the top 10 percent and the bottom 10 percent. "
" Architecture is a slow business, and city planning even slower. "
" I think we did a pretty good role, linking, being a sounding board really and a driving force, especially from the bottom up. I think that part of this is bottom up as well as top down. "
" Cities depend on a healthy mix of uses and people for their vitality. As a pre-eminent world city, London is a magnet to people from across the globe. "
" Architects design buildings; that's what we do, so we have to go with the flow; and, even though I'm still an old Leftie, global capitalism does have its good side. It's broken down barriers - the Berlin Wall, the Soviet Union - it's raised a lot of people up economically, and for architects, it has meant that we can work around the world. "
" Of course I know very little about architecture, and the older I get the less I know. "
" Most buildings, whether they're Gothic cathedrals or Romanesque ones, were high tech for their time. "
" Suburban sprawl leads to social atomisation and fragmentation and is environmentally disastrous, as carbon-intensive car journeys displace local shops and replace public transport. "
" Cities are about juxtaposition. In Florence, classical buildings sit against medieval buildings. It's that contrast we like. In Bordeaux, we built law courts right next door to what is effectively a listed historic building, and that makes it exciting. "
" I am much more passionate about cities than I am about nations. The competition between cities is more civilised than between nations. There is an understanding there. "
" There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges facing our cities or to the housing crisis, but the two issues need to be considered together. From an urban design and planning point of view, the well-connected open city is a powerful paradigm and an engine for integration and inclusivity. "
" Society has to get a grip and put a tax on carbon. Of course, there is much that flows from that, and it is a complex situation. The small details of something such as climate change are political and social, and they are a lot about fairness and how we rebalance towards a fairer society. "
" It is quite interesting that whilst there are tremendous theories, in the 1960s when IT was born, everybody was supposedly going to their cottage in the countryside to work in a virtual way. "
" I remember my mother taking me to see the Picasso show in the 1940s, and I was impressed by the life and vibrancy of it all. It was a bit too avant-garde for most Londoners at the time, but since then, the city has become a centre for modern culture. "
" Architecture is always political. "
" Cities are about juxtaposition. "
" Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times. "
" A greater focus on design in all new homes would make the best use of land, create homes and public spaces, and reinforce the structures of urban life. "
" I don't believe in the ownership of work. "