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" 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. "
" 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. "
" In Europe, architects consider themselves artists. They think they're special when they win a competition. "
" 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. "
" 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! "
" 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. "
" Creativity has more to do with the elimination of the inessential than with inventing something new. "
" America has always imported history. "
" 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 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 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I'm just a nice and easy person. "
" I'm ashamed to be German. "
" 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. "
" The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions. "
" Chinese buildings are like American buildings, with big footprints. People don't care about daylight or fresh air. "
" Success on one project does not necessarily mean success in the next project. You've got to be prepared in everything you do. "
" We are creating a unique experience. It's starts with how you see the building from a distance. "
" Transparency is not the same as looking straight through a building: it's not just a physical idea, it's also an intellectual one. "
" 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 don't consider myself a star or a celebrity. I'm a simple guy who works a lot. "
" In Europe, they're more demanding, the ones that rent the build ings. "
" Higher ceilings allow the use indirect lighting, which is much healthier and reduces glare. "
" Every building is a prototype. No two are alike. "
" For me, though, the fun is over when I get the job. "
" 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. "