Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.
Human life is a combination of tragedy and comedy. The shapes and designs that surround us are the music accompanying this tragedy and this comedy.
Form must have a content, and that content must be linked with nature.
The ultimate goal of the architect...is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture... should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.
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.
Beauty is the harmony of purpose and form.
God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper.
Modern architecture does not mean the use of immature new materials; the main thing is to refine materials in a more human direction.
Objects are made to be completed by the human mind.
We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street.
I tell you, it is easier to build a grand opera or a city center than to build a personal house.
True architecture exists only where man stands in the center.
We have almost a city has probably two or three hundred committees. Every committee is dealing with just one problem and has nothing to do with the other problems.
Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.
Nothing old is ever reborn but neither does it totally disappear. And that which has once been born, will always reappear in a new form
The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture
The most difficult problems are naturally not involved in the search for forms for contemporary life. It is a question of working our way to forms behind which real human values lie.
Just as it takes time for a speck of fish spawn to develop into a fully grown fish, so, too, we need time for everything that develops and crystallizes in the world of ideas. Architecture demands more of this time than other creative work.
It is the task of the architect to give life a gentler structure.
The best standardisation committee in the world is nature herself, but in nature standardisation occurs mainly in connection with the smallest possible units: cells. The result is millions of flexible combinations in which one never encounters the stereotyped.
In almost every task involving form, there are dozens, often hundreds of contradictory elements, which need to be forced to work in harmony by man's will. This harmony can be acheived only through art.
Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with the harmony of culture.
Architecture is not merely national but clearly has local ties in that it is rooted in the earth.
I do not write, I build.
Our time is so specialised that we have people who know more and more or less and less.
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