Architecture is the art of how to waste space.
I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?
All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.
I got everything from someone. Nobody can be original.
There's no worse feeling than seeing my buildings and realizing the mistakes.
The future of architecture is culture.
It is wonderful to be in the country in a glass house, because no matter what happens out there, you're nice and safe, you know, cuddled in your little bed, and there it is, raging storms, snowing - wonderful.
I guess I can't be a great architect. Great architects have a recognizable style. But if every building I did were the same, it would be pretty boring.
How does an artist know when the line that he just painted is good or not good? That's the catch. De Kooning was the greatest of my contemporaries in art, and he knew when he'd done a good line. When he didn't, he threw it away. I wish I'd thrown away some of mine.
If architects weren't arrogant, they wouldn't be architects. I don't know a modest good architect.
We do pretty much whatever we want to.
We all see the world differently. And thank God for that. Otherwise, what a boring world this would be.
The automobile is the greatest catastrophe in the entire history of City architecture.
Doing a house is so much harder than doing a skyscraper.
Anybody can build a building, putting some doors into it, but how many times have you been in a building that moves you to tears the way Beethoven's 'Eighth' does?
Don't build a glass house if you're worried about saving money on heating.
Architecture is art, nothing else.
To me, the drive for monumentality is as inbred as the desire for food and sex, regardless of how we denigrate it. Monuments differ in different periods. Each age has its own.
The people with money to build today are corporations - they are our popes and Medicis. The sense of pride is why they build.
You're going to change the world? Well, go ahead and try. You'll give it up at a certain point and change yourself instead.
Faith? Haven't any. I'm not a nihilist or a relativist. I don't believe in anything but change. I'm a Heraclitean - you can't step in the same river twice.
The practice of architecture is the most delightful of all pursuits. Also, next to agriculture, it is the most necessary to man. One must eat, one must have shelter. Next to religious worship itself, it is the spiritual handmaiden of our deepest convictions.
I like to be buttoned onto tradition. The thing is to improve it, twist it and mold it; to make something new of it; not to deny it. The riches of history can be plucked at any point.
Houston is undoubtedly my showcase city. I saved all my best buildings for Houston.
Architects are pretty much high-class whores. We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients, but we've both got to say yes to someone if we want to stay in business.
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