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.
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.
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.
The heart, not the head, must be the guide.
Our incapacity to comprehend other cultures stems from our insistence on measuring things in our own terms.
Roman civilization had achieved, within the bounds of its technology, relatively as great a mastery of time and space as we have achieved today.
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.
Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly.
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.
It is the mystery of the creative act that something other than our conscious self takes over.
Profit and bottom line, the contemporary mantra, eliminates the very source of architectural expression.
Our universities advocate fragmentation in their course systems.
Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within.
You have to see a building to comprehend it. Photographs cannot convey the experience, nor film.
Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
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.
There is an increasing awareness of the interrelatedness of things. We are becoming less prone to accept an immediate solution without questioning its larger implications.
The tourist transports his own values and demands to his destinations and implants them like an infectious disease, decimating whatever values existed before.
Our engineering departments build freeways which destroy a city or a landscape, in the process.
Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events.
The great dream merchant Disney was a success because make-believe was what everyone seemed to need in a spiritually empty land.
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