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Architecture tends to consume everything else, it has become one's entire life.
They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.
Henry David Thoreau
Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.
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.
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.
Victorian architecture in the United States was copied straight from England.
What people want, above all, is order.
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 a designer, the mission with which we have been charged is simple: providing space at the right cost.
Harry von Zell
The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.
Don't clap too hard - it's a very old building.
The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.
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.
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.
I don't believe in morality in architecture.
In Los Angeles, by the time you're 35, you're older than most of the buildings.
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.
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.
Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
I don't think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.
The thing about Chicago is that it really isn't like any other place. The architecture and the layout of the city are the best. I'm from the Midwest, and consider myself a Midwesterner. I feel most at home there. I love California. I have great friends in California. I just have always considered Illinois to be home.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Leonardo da Vinci
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