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" I'm ashamed to be German. "
" When I think of some of my earlier work, it really seems a fortunate coincidence that I succeeded. "
" Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building: it's not just a physical idea, it's also an intellectual one. "
" For me, drawing generates thinking and vice versa. "
" 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. "
" A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes. "
" 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? "
" In Europe, they're more demanding, the ones that rent the build ings. "
" For me, though, the fun is over when I get the job. "
" Success on one project does not necessarily mean success in the next project. You've got to be prepared in everything you do. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" IBM has a very solid business image. "
" 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. "
" Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new. "
" America has always imported history. "
" Every building is a prototype. No two are alike. "
" 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! "
" We are creating a unique experience. It's starts with how you see the building from a distance. "
" In Europe, architects consider themselves artists. They think they're special when they win a competition. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Higher ceilings allow the use indirect lighting, which is much healthier and reduces glare. "
" The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture. "
" I've never looked at a suburban building as being a minor building and an urban building as being a major building. "
" 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. "