Louis I. Kahn

  • A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.

  • Architecture is the reaching out for the truth.

  • Consider the momentous event in architecture when the wall parted and the column became.

  • Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.

  • Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.

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    Alvar Aalto

  • Building 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.

  • Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.

  • Our time is so specialised that we have people who know more and more or less and less.

  • Every city has probably two or three hundred committees. Every committee is dealing with just one problem and has nothing to do with the other problems.

  • 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.
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