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" We are creating a unique experience. It's starts with how you see the building from a distance. "
" I'm ashamed to be German. "
" Every building is a prototype. No two are alike. "
" America has always imported history. "
" 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 came to America in the '60s, it was the place to be. I wonder if I'd come here today. "
" A good engineer thinks in reverse and asks himself about the stylistic consequences of the components and systems he proposes. "
" 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 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. "
" Higher ceilings allow the use indirect lighting, which is much healthier and reduces glare. "
" I've never looked at a suburban building as being a minor building and an urban building as being a major building. "
" I find if my body feels well and I exercise regularly, I think better, work better and feel better. "
" Success on one project does not necessarily mean success in the next project. You've got to be prepared in everything you do. "
" A city building, you experience when you walk; a suburban building, you experience when you drive. "
" We want our buildings to work like a machine that will create a pleasurable environment. "
" In Europe, architects consider themselves artists. They think they're special when they win a competition. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I'm just a nice and easy person. "
" I strive for an architecture from which nothing can be taken away. "
" 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! "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" For me, though, the fun is over when I get the job. "
" 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. "
" In Europe, they're more demanding, the ones that rent the build ings. "
" The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions. "
" I don't consider myself a star or a celebrity. I'm a simple guy who works a lot. "