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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. "
" The development of the New Architecture encountered serious obstacles at a very early stage of its development. Conflicting theories and the dogmas enunciated in architects' personal manifestos all helped to confuse the main issue. "
" Does it follow that the house has nothing in common with art and is architecture not to be included in the arts? Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument. Everything else that fulfils a function is to be excluded from the domain of art. "
" I don't think architecture is radical. How can something that takes years and costs millions be radical? "
" Prediction is structurally inseparable from the business of punditry: It creates the essential image of indefatigable authority that is punditry's very architecture; it flows from that calcified image, and it provides the substance for the story that keeps getting told about the inevitability of American progress. "
" I would say that to put architecture in the chain of history, to be able to interpret and understand why we are where we are, is quite crucial. "
" Forms in nature are a byproduct of a reciprocal action between a given material and the conditions of the environment. But in architecture, the process is the direct opposite: First you decide on the form, and then you think how to build it in reality. "
" Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. "
" Architecture is invention. "
" I've always been attracted to classic patterns in architecture, music and drama. "
" Seeing architecture differently from the way you see the rest of life is a bit weird. I believe one should be consistent in all that one does, from the books you read to the way you bring up your children. Everything you do is connected. "
" As a designer, the mission with which we have been charged is simple: providing space at the right cost. "
Harry von Zell
" Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand. "
" The truth be told, the World Trade Center was neither a very good work of architecture nor a very successful piece of urbanism. Its shortcomings were somewhat mitigated by the westward and southward expansion of the World Financial Center and Battery Park City during the 1980s. "
" I attended classes and taught classes, in Food Anthropology at Pace University, with an anthropology professor. You can trace history by the architecture and food of a place. Food is one of those things that transcends and stays in the culture. "
" There's a snobbery at work in architecture. The subject is too often treated as a fine art, delicately wrapped in mumbo-jumbo. In reality, it's an all-embracing discipline taking in science, art, maths, engineering, climate, nature, politics, economics. "
" Everyone should be able to build, and as long as this freedom to build does not exist, the present-day planned architecture cannot be considered art at all. "
" I don't see that any buildings should be excluded from the term architecture, as long as they are done properly. "
" There is little in the architecture of a city that is more beautifully designed than a tree. "
" I founded a club, which is called the Brutally Early Club. It's basically a breakfast salon for the 21st century where art meets science meets architecture meets literature. "
" I have realised how exciting and easy it is to be a time traveller by looking at paintings and films and architecture and playing music or listening to it. I don't think you necessarily have to live in the present all the time. "
" For my first apartment, when I was first married, I went to the lumberyard and bought stuff and made couches. My then-wife made cushions. I was really very interested in furniture. I was in school for architecture, but I had to live, and making furniture was different from designing buildings, which I couldn't do for myself. "
" If a dictator takes up my ideas, the resulting town will survive the political system that commissioned it and stand as a social good. Besides, modernism rather than classicism has dominated the architecture of totalitarian regimes of both the left and right. "
" Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. "
" I am but an architectural composer. "
Alexander Jackson Davis
" Architecture is a technology. And it's involved in all of the different networks of systems that produce architecture - including politics, economics, social and cultural conditions. So architecture is already in technology. "
" Good architecture should be a projection of life itself, and that implies an intimate knowledge of biological, social, technical, and artistic problems. "
" I was interested in theatre, and the only experience that I had in high school was as an actor. But when I got in Conservatoire, my teachers would give me a lot of flack because I wasn't rehearsing my lines; I'd be doing stage management. I was interested in sound. I was interested in architecture. I was interested in every aspect of theatre. "
" Architecture is a result of a process of asking questions and testing them and re-interrogating and changing in a repetitive way. "
" There's a Danish architecture firm called BIG. I love architecture, and I always check out their work; they're very good at reimagining the way we live. They put the human experience as the focus, with access to air and outdoor space. "
" In art or architecture your project is only done when you say it's done. If you want to rip it apart at the eleventh hour and start all over again, you never finish. I was one of those crazy creatures. "