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" 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. "
" In Europe, architects consider themselves artists. They think they're special when they win a competition. "
" For me, though, the fun is over when I get the job. "
" Chinese buildings are like American buildings, with big footprints. People don't care about daylight or fresh air. "
" A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive. "
" I'm just a nice and easy person. "
" Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building: it's not just a physical idea, it's also an intellectual one. "
" 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. "
" A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes. "
" The American attitude towards efficiency and execution should always underlie architecture. "
" The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions. "
" 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. "
" I don't consider myself a star or a celebrity. I'm a simple guy who works a lot. "
" I used to buy nice clothes and drive a nice car when I couldn't afford it. But I spent all my money doing it, and now I don't have to. I like nice things. I like to travel in a certain style. I like to live in a nice place. "
" Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new. "
" When I came to America in the '60s, it was the place to be. I wonder if I'd come here today. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" We are creating a unique experience. It's starts with how you see the building from a distance. "
" Higher ceilings allow the use indirect lighting, which is much healthier and reduces glare. "
" 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? "
" I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away. "
" 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. "
" We want our buildings to work like a machine that will create a pleasurable environment. "
" 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. "
" For me, drawing generates thinking and vice versa. "
" 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. "
" America has always imported history. "
" Success on one project does not necessarily mean success in the next project. You've got to be prepared in everything you do. "