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" My only extravagance in life is my sailboat. I'm bonkers about that, but other than that, I don't spend money on myself. "
" I refuse to work unless I get paid, so I don't get a lot of work sometimes. "
" There is stuff I would have liked to have done. But there are no sour grapes. "
" I make a model of the site. There are some obvious things: where the entrance should be, where the cars have to go in. You start to get the scale of it. You understand the client's needs, and what the client is hoping for and yearning for. "
" My father probably - he had flashes of creativity - he used to do store windows for fruit stores that he worked in and stuff. "
" The best advice I've received is to be yourself. The best artists do that. "
" On certain projects, on big public projects, people definitely are interested in making them greener, but on smaller projects with tight budgets it can be harder. "
" Most of our cities built since the war are bland. They're modernist, they're cold, and now architects want to go back to that. "
" It's not new that architecture can profoundly affect a place, sometimes transform it. Architecture and any art can transform a person, even save someone. "
" The game is if the orchestra can hear each other, they play better. If they play better and there's a tangible feeling between the orchestra and the audience, if they feel each other, the audience responds and the orchestra feels it. "
" I would like to make a building as intellectually driven as it is sculptural and as positive as it would be acceptable to hope. "
" When I was a kid, my father didn't really have much hope for me. He thought I was a dreamer; he didn't think I would amount to anything. My mother also. "
" This neo-minimalism super cold stuff is weird to me. I need a place where I can come home and take my shoes off. "
" When I went to Harvard and studied planning, I found I didn't have the skills or the strength to become the kind of public person who could go out and lobby government agencies. "
" I used to sketch - that's the way I thought out loud. Then they made a book of my sketches, and I got self-conscious, so now I don't do it much. "
" I can't just decide myself what's being built. Someone decides what they want, then I work for them. "
" Some people may say my curved panels look like sails. Well, I am a sailor, so I guess I probably do use that metaphor in my work - though not consciously. "
" Chicago's one of the rare places where architecture is more visible. "
" Liquid architecture. It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something. And I think it's a way of - for me, it's a way of trying to understand the city, and what might happen in the city. "
" I'm a leftie, and I've always believed in doing things on a modest scale. "
" Architecture is a service business. An architect is given a program, budget, place, and schedule. Sometimes the end product rises to art - or at least people call it that. "
" I work from the inside out. "
" I never said I was opposed to the LEED program or to green building - I'm not. "
" There is a backlash against me and everyone who has done buildings that have movement and feeling. "
" I don't make things with my hands, although I studied woodworking and made furniture. "
" And I realized, when I'd come in to the meetings with these corrugated metal and chain link stuff, and people would just look at me like I'd just landed from Mars. But I couldn't do anything else. That was my response to the people and the time. "
" Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. "
" A lot of people don't get it, but I design from the inside out so that the finished product looks inevitable somehow. I think it's important to create spaces that people like to be in, that are humanistic. "
" I have always thought that L.A. is a motor city that developed linear downtowns. "
" Architecture has always been a very idealistic profession. It's about making the world a better place, and it works over the generations because people go on vacation and they look for it. "
" Democracy, obviously, is something we don't want to give up, but it does create chaos. It means the guy next door can do what he wants, and it creates a collision of thinking. In cities, that means people build whatever they want. "