Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect’s task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century we abandoned tradition, it’s at that point that I intend to renew it because the present is built on the past just as the past was built on the times that went before it.

Be not afraid of being called un-fashionable.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez facing GOD

Atins de o boala incurabila, marele romancier sudamerican s-a retras de o buna bucata de vreme din viata publica si-si traieste la intensitate maxima zilele pe care Dumnezeu i le-a harazit, stiind ca fiecare zi poate fi si ultima. A gasit de cuviinta sa-si marturiseasca trairile printr-o scrisoare publicata pe Internet adresata tuturor semenilor sai de pretutindeni.
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“I believe that good architecture is always a critical interpretation of context. It’s always a question of making any new intervention an integral part of the cultural and historical situation of the site. Every epoch needs to interpret, to reread, to understand its past. It’s not possible to protect the past. All we can do is offer new interpretations of it.”
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TADAO ANDO / Elemente de arhitectura

„In all my works, light is an important controlling factor. I create enclosed spaces mainly by means of thick concrete walls. The primary reason is to create a place for the individual, a zone for oneself within society. When the external factors of a city’s environment require the wall to be without openings, the interior must be especially full and satisfying.” Continuă lectura „TADAO ANDO / Elemente de arhitectura”


  • And I realized, when I’d come in to the meetings with these corrugated metal and chain link stuff, and people would just look at me like I’d just landed from Mars. But I couldn’t do anything else. That was my response to the people and the time.

    Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.

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    A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.

    A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn’t afterward.

    An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.

    Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.

  • Putini stiu ca F.L. Wright a scris A Testament.
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    Michael Graves

    In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function.

    I don’t believe in morality in architecture.

    I see architecture not as Gropius did, as a moral venture, as truth, but as invention, in the same way that poetry or music or painting is invention.

    I have no requirements for a style of architecture.

    If I have a style, I am not aware of it.

    I don’t care what people call me, labels have the negative value of making smaller boundaries for people.

    In designing hardware to be used every day, it was important to keep both the human aspects and the machine in mind. What looks good also often feels good.

    It was always my goal to ‘up the ante’ on good design and rye devoted much of my career to this.

    The dialogue of architecture has been centered too long around the idea of truth.
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    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

    A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.

    Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.

    Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.

    God is in the details.

    I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good.

    Less is more.

    Means must be subsidiary to ends and to our desire for dignity and value.

    Simply by not owning three medium-sized castles in Tuscany I have saved enough money in the last forty years on insurance premiums alone to buy a medium-sized castle in Tuscany.

    True education is concerned not only with practical goals but also with values. Our aims assure us of our material life, our values make possible our spiritual life.

    Le Corbusier

    Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.

    To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.

    I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.

    Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.

    A house is a machine for living in.

    The home should be the treasure chest of living.

    A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe and 50 times: It is a beautiful catastrophe.