Quotes about Architecture
"One my favorite things is to go to the provinces of Russia and see the 18th century wood churches with the onion dome architecture. These humble wonders of incredible imagination of architects that were obviously not living in places like Paris or London, but they've created these amazing churches."
Andre Leon Talley
"Design is not for philosophy it's for life."
"My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we - architects - can effect the quality of life of the people."
"No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical."
"Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things."
"Nothing requires the architect's care more than the due proportions of buildings."
Marcus V. Pollio
"Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty. They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been literally hewn out between the columns."
"Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time."
"Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us."
"The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history."
"The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams."
Robert A. M. Stern
"The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines."
"The higher the building the lower the morals."
"The interior of the house personifies the private world; the exterior of it is part of the outside world."
"The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid."
"The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs."
"The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present."
"Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator."
"To me, a building - if it's beautiful - is the love of one man, he's made it out of his love for space, materials, things like that."
"To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it."
"Warmth isn't what minimalists are thought to have."
"We build buildings which are terribly restless. And buildings don't go anywhere. They shouldn't be restless."
"We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it."
"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."
"We should concentrate our work not only to a separated housing problem but housing involved in our daily work and all the other functions of the city."
"What people want, above all, is order."
"Whatever good things we build end up building us."
"At a certain point, I just put the building and the art impulse together. I decided that building was a legitimate way to make sculpture."
"Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together."
"Buildings should serve people, not the other way around."
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