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Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.
Every building is a prototype. No two are alike.
I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion. The development procedure is more tactile. It's about space and form and it's something you can share with other people.
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.
Architecture can't fully represent the chaos and turmoil that are part of the human personality, but you need to put some of that turmoil into the architecture, or it isn't real.
The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.
Victorian architecture in the United States was copied straight from England.
What people want, above all, is order.
As a designer, the mission with which we have been charged is simple: providing space at the right cost.
Harry von Zell
I'm often called an old-fashioned modernist. But the modernists had the absurd idea that architecture could heal the world. That's impossible. And today nobody expects architects to have these grand visions any more.
As architects we are often involved in the concrete-steel-and-glass aspect of it, but cities are social structures, and to be involved in imagining the future of cities and the type of relationships and the types of places that we're making is something that intrigues me very much.
The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.
Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.
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.
For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the belief that most planning and architectural design suffers for lack of real and basic purpose. The ultimate purpose, it seems to me, must be the improvement of mankind.
Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building.
In Los Angeles, by the time you're 35, you're older than most of the buildings.
I don't believe in morality in architecture.
The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.
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.
I have designed the most buildings of any living American architect.
Alexander Jackson Davis
Even at the United Nations, where legend has it that the building was designed so that there could be no corner offices, the expanse of glass in individual offices is said to be a dead giveaway as to rank. Five windows are excellent, one window not so great.
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
All real education is the architecture of the soul.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
C. S. Lewis
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