Popular Architecture Quotes

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1It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.David Allan Coe
2Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.Julia Morgan
3We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.R. Buckminster Fuller
4Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.Frank Gehry
5Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
6Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.Stephen Gardiner
7Architecture begins where engineering ends.Walter Gropius
8I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.Tadao Ando
9Buildings should serve people, not the other way around.John Portman
10The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.Frank Lloyd Wright
11To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.Daniel Libeskind
12Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.Yoshio Taniguchi
13The building’s identity resided in the ornament.Louis Sullivan
14Architecture is the art of how to waste space.Philip Johnson
15Each new situation requires a new architecture.Jean Nouvel
16I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.Luis Barragan
17Don’t clap too hard – it’s a very old building.John Osborne
18We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.Winston Churchill
19A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.Louis Kahn
20I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me.Maya Lin
21Architects have made architecture too complex. We need to simplify it and use a language that everyone can understand.Toyo Ito
22Less is more.Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
23Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.Alvar Aalto
24All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.Philip Johnson
25Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.Le Corbusier
26Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.Richard Rogers
27The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.Thomas a Kempis
28Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.Arthur Erickson
29The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you’re talking about building a house, you’re talking about dreams.Robert A. M. Stern
30Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence.Daniel Burnham
31Architecture is inhabited sculpture.Constantin Brancusi
32Form follows function.Louis Sullivan
33My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.Luis Barragan
34I call architecture frozen music.Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
35Whatever good things we build end up building us.Jim Rohn
36Space 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.Arthur Erickson
37Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.Frank Lloyd Wright
38Architecture is not an inspirational business, it’s a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that’s all.Harry Seidler
39We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.John Ruskin
40Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect’s task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.Adolf Loos
41To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works.Ai Weiwei
42My passion and great enjoyment for architecture, and the reason the older I get the more I enjoy it, is because I believe we – architects – can effect the quality of life of the people.Richard Rogers
43When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature – this very unique to Japan.Tadao Ando
44Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.Louis Kahn
45Not many architects have the luxury to reject significant things.Rem Koolhaas
46Architecture 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.Frank Stella
47Architecture is invention.Oscar Niemeyer
48The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
49Light, God’s eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.Thomas Fuller
50Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.Ernest Dimnet
51Every building is a prototype. No two are alike.Helmut Jahn
52My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.Julia Morgan
53All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas!T. E. Lawrence
54Architecture tends to consume everything else, it has become one’s entire life.Arne Jacobsen
55Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.Richard Meier
56Victorian architecture in the United States was copied straight from England.Stephen Gardiner
57Nothing requires the architect’s care more than the due proportions of buildings.Vitruvius
58What people want, above all, is order.Stephen Gardiner
59The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.Harry Seidler
60I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build.Ayn Rand

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