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" Higher ceilings allow the use indirect lighting, which is much healthier and reduces glare. "
" I don't consider myself a star or a celebrity. I'm a simple guy who works a lot. "
" When I came to America in the '60s, it was the place to be. I wonder if I'd come here today. "
" 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. "
" Success on one project does not necessarily mean success in the next project. You've got to be prepared in everything you do. "
" For me, though, the fun is over when I get the job. "
" A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes. "
" 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. "
" IBM has a very solid business image. "
" 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. "
" When I work, I work very hard. When I don't work, I have to do something where my endeavor can totally take me off what I do professionally, like sailing. It takes all your attention. "
" The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions. "
" 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. "
" 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 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. "
" Working is actually a pleasure. It's just very time-consuming. It's a way of life. I find that I can work when I travel and work when I run. There is nothing like, on a rainy day, to work. "
" When I think of some of my earlier work, it really seems a fortunate coincidence that I succeeded. "
" In Europe, they're more demanding, the ones that rent the build ings. "
" Sometimes I have to accept a job I don't really want. Hardly anybody comes up to you with a commission; it's all competitions these days. "
" German and English firms operate internationally, while French firms do not. The only place where they all have work is in China. Anybody can sell himself in China! "
" Chinese buildings are like American buildings, with big footprints. People don't care about daylight or fresh air. "
" We are creating a unique experience. It's starts with how you see the building from a distance. "
" I'm ashamed to be German. "
" I find if my body feels well and I exercise regularly, I think better, work better and feel better. "
" I'm just a nice and easy person. "
" 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. "
" We prefer synthetic rather than natural materials. Natural products are almost too valuable. Wood is much harder to produce than metal. And metal is recyclable, while wood isn't. "
" 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. "
" I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away. "
" For me, drawing generates thinking and vice versa. "
" The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture. "