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" Every building is a prototype. No two are alike. "
" Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book. "
" Clothing has been called intimate architecture. We want to go beyond that. "
" The problem of architecture has always been the same throughout time. Its authentic quality is reached through its proportions, and the proportions cost nothing. In fact, most of them are proportions among things, not the things themselves. Art is almost always a question of proportions. "
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
" There is no sadder tale in the annals of architecture than the virtual disappearance of the defining architectural form of the Modern Movement - publicly sponsored housing. "
" I love seeing New York City Ballet from the fourth ring, just seeing the architecture of how these bodies move from above. "
" Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. "
" I've never looked at a suburban building as being a minor building and an urban building as being a major building. "
" Architecture aims at Eternity. "
" I'm often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That's impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more. "
" I love Chicago. It's one of the great cities. I'm crazy about the town. It reminds me of New York when it was at its best, the New York that used to be and is no more. I love the architecture, the old stuff and the new stuff. "
" Since the Beijing Olympics in 2008, our office has been discussing how we can make architecture more human and at one with nature. We need to ask ourselves, what legacy do we want to leave behind on humankind's urban culture? "
" The body moves through space every day, and in architecture in cities that can be orchestrated. Not in a dictatorial fashion, but in a way of creating options, open-ended sort of personal itineraries within a building. And I see that as akin to cinematography or choreography, where episodic movement, episodic moments, occur in dance and film. "
" I like the architecture of lingerie. "
" I've never left China. My family's been there for 600 years. But my architecture is not consciously Chinese in any sense. I'm a western architect. "
I. M. Pei
" My interest in architecture has always been sculptural. Most of my photography is of architecture. "
" The architecture for 'Paladin' - given that it's at least three books, with the possibility of more - turned out to be bigger than anything I've ever created, with multiple levels of reality, interlocking mysteries and a terabyte of time frame. "
" We were kind of arrogant when we started and became really humbled as we were doing architecture. It's really hard to work with budgets and deadlines and all of these collaborators and all of these voices and special interests. "
" There is a lot of bad architecture. What we need more is to look at how our landscape should look in the next decades. "
" Architecture struck me between the eye and the eyeball. "
" Never talk to a client about architecture. Talk to him about his children. That is simply good politics. he will not understand what you have to say about architecture most of the time. "
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
" Although we're architects, we believe we do culture; architecture is culture, and the topics we tackle will always arise a broader debate. "
" Of course I know very little about architecture, and the older I get the less I know. "
" Britain loves a bargain, but you don't get good, lasting architecture on the cheap. "
" Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand. "
" Theatre is real-time - you get that real-time audience reaction, which is fantastic. And with art pieces, people don't ever have to explain themselves. You can do something and really follow a research. With architecture, you have to be much more public. You have to build consensus. You have to work within the law. There are more complexities. "
" If you look at any leaf on any tree branch, it's similar to but not exactly a repetition of the previous branch. So the new science of complexity or showing how an architecture can be produced just as quickly, cheaply and efficiently by using computer production methods to get the slight variation, the self-similarity. "
" Architecture is a art when one consciously or unconsciously creates aesthetic emotion in the atmosphere and when this environment produces well being. "
" There is a lot of interest in the arts, music, theatre, filmmaking, engineering, architecture and software design. I think we have now transitioned the modern-day version of the entrepreneur into the creative economy. "
" When people are deprived of a sense, their other senses get heightened. If you're culturally devoid of something - of weather, of artistry, of interesting architecture, all the way down the line to culture itself - you're either forced to give in and get that car dealership, or you manufacture those things for yourself. "
" The basic architecture of Dodd-Frank makes sense. At the same time, as a number of regulators and legislators have observed, the act was a complex effort that produced thousands of pages of rules. "
James P. Gorman