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" Success on one project does not necessarily mean success in the next project. You've got to be prepared in everything you do. "
" 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 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. "
" I'm just a nice and easy person. "
" Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new. "
" 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. "
" In Europe, architects consider themselves artists. They think they're special when they win a competition. "
" When I came to America in the '60s, it was the place to be. I wonder if I'd come here today. "
" I'm ashamed to be German. "
" Every building is a prototype. No two are alike. "
" 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 city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive. "
" A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes. "
" 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. "
" I've never looked at a suburban building as being a minor building and an urban building as being a major building. "
" We want our buildings to work like a machine that will create a pleasurable environment. "
" I don't consider myself a star or a celebrity. I'm a simple guy who works a lot. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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 strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away. "
" We are creating a unique experience. It's starts with how you see the building from a distance. "
" Chinese buildings are like American buildings, with big footprints. People don't care about daylight or fresh air. "
" 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 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. "
" For me, though, the fun is over when I get the job. "
" Higher ceilings allow the use indirect lighting, which is much healthier and reduces glare. "
" 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 think of some of my earlier work, it really seems a fortunate coincidence that I succeeded. "
" IBM has a very solid business image. "