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Since giving up architecture... I seem to have drifted away from the desire to paint buildings... Instead it is groups of buildings clustered in the form of villages or towns... (Lionel Aggett)

-creating the Musee d'Orsay
I viewed the station as a place, a terrain where I could put a new architecture in place. The station was, of course, an historic monument, but it does not deserve all the respect given it when it is said it is perfect, original and coherent expression of a past that we must revere. Orsay is basically a box. (Gae Aulenti)

The events of human life, whether public or private, are so intimately linked to architecture that most observers can reconstruct nations or individuals in all the truth of their habits from the remains of their monuments or from their domestic relics. (Honore de Balzac)

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your leg, it's modern architecture. (Nancy Banks-Smith)

- a systematic 'unveiling' of the interior and progressing from space to space...
An architectural striptease. (Luis Barragan)

Architecture is an art when one consciously or unconsciously creates aesthetic emotion in the atmosphere and when this environment produces well being. (Luis Barragan)

I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one. (Luis Barragan)

All architecture, which does not express serenity, fails in its spiritual mission. Thus, it has been a mistake to abandon the shelter of walls for the inclemency of large areas of glass. (Luis Barragan)

ramshackle, adj. Pertaining to a certain order of architecture, otherwise known as the Normal American. Most of the public buildings of the United States are of the Ramshackle order, though some of our earlier architects preferred the Ironic. (Ambrose Bierce)

Architecture is inhabited sculpture. (Constantin Brancusi)

Designed by architects with honorable intentions but hands of palsy. (Jimmy Breslin)

We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls. (Bill Bryson)

Metal buildings are the dream that Modern Architects had at the beginning of this century. It has finally come true, but they themselves don't realize it. That's because it doesn't take an Architect to build a metal building. You just order them out of a catalog - comes with a bunch of guys who put it together in a couple of days, maybe a week. And there you go - you're all set to go into business - just slap a sign out front. (David Byrne)

The British love permanence more than they love beauty. (Hugh Casson)

-referring to a proposed extension to the National Gallery...
What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend. (Prince Charles)

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. (G. K. Chesterton)

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. (Winston Churchill)

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert...
I don't live inside buildings because buildings are dead places where nothing grows, where water doesn't flow, and where life stops. I don't want to live in a dead place. People say that I don't live in a real world, but it's modern Americans who live in a fake world, because they have stepped outside the natural circle of life. (Eustace Conway)

If a building looks better under construction than it does when finished, then it's a failure. (Doug Coupland)

When Moses was alive, these pyramids were a thousand years old. Here began the history of architecture. Here people learned to measure time by a calendar, to plot the stars by astronomy and chart the earth by geometry. And here they developed that most awesome of all ideas - the idea of eternity. (Walter Cronkite)

Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul. (Ernest Dimnet)

Buildings designed exclusively on scientific principles will depress their occupants and constrain their creativity. (Robert Evans)

Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring / Rich clients in hordes to their knees; / Just give me a home, in a great circle dome / Where stresses and strains are at ease. (Buckminster Fuller)

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. (Frank Gehry)

Liquid architecture. It's like jazz - you improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something, they make something... (Frank Gehry)

I call architecture frozen music. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives. I wondered if that was sort of the point of architecture. (John Green)

A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of an authentic democracy. (Walter Gropius)

Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space... On the one hand it's about shelter, but it's also about pleasure. (Zaha Hadid)

In another way, I can be my own worst enemy. As a woman, I'm expected to want everything to be nice, and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don't design nice buildings - I don't like them. I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality. (Zaha Hadid)

Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture. (Ernest Hemingway)

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. (Ernest Hemingway)

But then architects don't build their own houses. (Damien Hirst)

Architecture is the art of how to waste space. (Philip Johnson)

It seems to me extremely dubious to be constructing buildings based on drawings by Wright as if these are actually Wright's works. (Michael Kimmelman)

Wright was notoriously ingenious about changing his designs in the process, and these drawings cannot be said to represent anything but one stage in the concept of a design by Wright. (Michael Kimmelman)

My career is a trajectory from abstraction to reality. The architect's role is to make the mythic real. (Sotirios Kotoulas)

Architecture is my first love, if you want to talk about what moves me... the ordering of space, the visual pleasure, architecture's power to construct our days and nights. (Barbara Kruger)

Architecture is made of memory. The slope of a roof, the shape of a window, and the color of a door contain the record of the minds that conceived them and the hands that crafted them. (Anthony Lawlor)

Architecture is like a mythical fantastic. It has to be experienced. It can't be described. We can draw it up and we can make models of it, but it can only be experienced as a complete whole. (Maya Lin)

Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

The architect / Built his great heart into these sculptured stones, / And with him toiled his children, and their lives / Were builded, with his own, into the walls, / As offerings unto God. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

- art dealer, writer, owner of the Marlins...
I'm interested in the sculptural experience, glass, marble, colored bricks, stones, wood. There's no stadium out there that approximates it [the Marlins'] because it will be so white and with primary colors all around. It sort of looks like a spaceship that just landed, something different, something people can call their own. (Jeffrey Loria)

-sketching at Lake O'Hara...
I meant to express mountain architecture, but failed in the solidity which had first attracted me. (J. E. H. MacDonald)

It is therefore indisputable that the limbs of architecture are derived from the limbs of man. (Michelangelo)

Even Picasso at his most bizarre was bound by a kind of formal architecture within the frame. Of course it's one thing to know what you're looking for, it's another to find it. (Ken Mosby)

While a great many other ideas and measures are of prime importance for the good life of the community, that which concerns its architectural expression is the notion of the community as limited in numbers, and in area... To express these relations clearly, to embody them in buildings and roads and gardens in which each individual structure will be subordinated to the whole - this is the end of community planning. (Lewis Mumford)

Although they are not always the primary focus, most of my work contains architectural elements. They suggest a human presence even when no figure is actually seen. (Michael Nevin)

At this present time, matter is still the best way to think of architecture, but I'm not so sure for very long. The computer is radicalizing the way we think about our world. (Ben Nicholson)

If you're into architecture and you're from the West, everything is hors d'oeuvres for working to rebuild the Temple. Ultimately you're led there. You can't escape it. (Ben Nicholson)

The architect is not free, but the artist is... The architect works with his head, but the artist with his heart. (Serguei Ouissik)

I was asked to do a piece for a museum and I said I want it to be a house. (Jorge Pardo)

-opening a new annex at Vancouver City Hall...
I declare this thing open - whatever it is. (Prince Philip)

The Parthenon is really only a farmyard over which someone put a roof; colonades and sculptures were added because there were people in Athens who happened to be working and wanted to express themselves. (Pablo Picasso)

Our archictecture proceeds by way of space-time distortions. We work on the very matter of space and time, using slips, shifts, accelerations and contractions. (Descosterd and Rahm)

The modern architect is, generally speaking, art's greatest enemy. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins. (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space. (Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can be only a builder. (John Ruskin)

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome. (John Ruskin)

Always design a thing by considering its next larger context - a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan. (Eliel Saarinen)

-on Vancouver, BC, Canada...
You can speak of the colour of architecture in Tuscany or Venice, but here it's mirrors everywhere... designed to reflect the ever-changing conditions of lighting... (Diego Samper)

By night the skyscraper looms in the smoke and the stars and has a soul. (Carl Sandburg)

- Philosophie der Kunst...
Architecture in general is frozen music. (Friedrich von Schelling)

If you consider only utility, the things you build will soon be useless... nobody wants to be in it. (Roger Scruton)

Many of my buildings are condemned now in advance. (Richard Seifert)

- Great Wall Style: Building Home with Jim Spear...
Architecture is not like physics or mathematics. Even though it uses technology and engineering, it's an art. And because we live in buildings, work in buildings, even celebrate the spirit in buildings, architecture is a very human pursuit. It's in the humanities. (Jim Spear)

Architecture is frozen music! (Madame de Stael)

Form ever follows function. (Louis H. Sullivan)

Minimalism in conception demands maximalism in execution. (Author unknown)

-on 12th century Cathedral Sainte-Cecile in Albi...
Someone began this with a thought, a sheet of paper and a pencil... all this magnificence was achieved without computers and slide rules... cranes or forklifts, and murals were painted without cameras or projectors. It all makes one feel very insignificant, doesn't it? (Robert Wade)

In architecture as in all other operative arts, the end must direct the operation. The end is to build well. Well building has three conditions: Commodity, Firmness and Delight. (Henry Watton)

Stone was the most prominent architect in America, and he decided that the modernist movement in architecture - in other words, the parade of glass boxes that marched across America - had become exhausted, not worth pursuing anymore. (Tom Wolfe)

You can't make an architect. But you can... open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Architecture... is for the young. If our teenagers don't get architecture – if they are not inspired – we won't have the architecture... that we must have if this country is going to be beautiful. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own Earth. It is at least the geometric pattern of things, of life, of the human and social world. It is at best that magic framework of reality that we sometimes touch upon when we use the word order. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. (Frank Lloyd Wright)


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