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.
No amount of thought can ever reveal what comes unexpectedly.
Architecture doesn't come from theory. You don't think your way through a building.
Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.
Inspiration in Science may have to do with ideas, but not in Art. In art it is in the senses that are instinctively responsive to the medium of expression.
Life is rich, always changing, always challenging, and we architects have the task of transmitting into wood, concrete, glass and steel, of transforming human aspirations into habitable and meaningful space.
Our settlement of land is without regard to the best use of land.
Our engineering departments build freeways which destroy a city or a landscape, in the process.
You have to see a building to comprehend it. Photographs cannot convey the experience, nor film.
The heart, not the head, must be the guide.
Profit and bottom line, the contemporary mantra, eliminates the very source of architectural expression.
Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
Today's developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise.
Builders eventually took advantage of the look of modernism to build cheaply and carelessly.
The innovative spirit was America's strongest attribute, transforming everything into a brave new world, but there lingered an insecurity about the arts.
This great, though disastrous, culture can only change as we begin to stand off and see... the inveterate materialism which has become the model for cultures around the world.
Ancient Rome was as confident of the immutability of its world and the continual expansion and improvement of the human lot as we are today.
The great dream merchant Disney was a success because make-believe was what everyone seemed to need in a spiritually empty land.
The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events.
With production alone as the goal, industry in North America was dominated by the assembly line, standardization for mass consumption.
No phenomenon can be isolated, but has repercussions through every aspect of our lives. We are learning that we are a fundamental part of nature's ecosystems.
In those countries with centuries of a craft tradition behind their building methods, techniques are tightly coordinated under the direction of the architect.
I plead for conservation of human culture, which is much more fragile than nature herself. We needn't destroy other cultures with the force of our own.
Bankers cannot afford to be concerned with only the economic aspects of projects. There may be serious implications on the natural environment, the urban environment, on human culture.
After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.
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