Writers are not just writers, they are creators of worlds, sculptors of the mind, they are architects of language.
With an architect as your guide, you canresponsibly stop worrying about what spacessomeone else might want in a house and focus only on those things your house should include.
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
Why can't we have those curves and arches that express feeling in design? What is wrong with them? Why has everything got to be vertical straight unbending only at right angles - and functional?
You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe - when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that.
To be an architect is to possess an individual voice speaking a generally understood language of form.
In architecture the pride of man his triumph over gravitation his will to power assume a visible form. Architecture is a sort of oratory of power by means of forms.
The materials of city planning are sky space trees steel and cement in that order and in that hierarchy.
Life is rich always changing always challenging and we architects have the task of transmitting into wood concrete glass and steel of transforming human aspirations into habitable and meaningful space.
Good architecture is like a piece of beautifully composed music crystallized in space that elevates our spirits beyond the limitation of time.
Architecture (is) a theatre stage setting where the leading actors are the people and to dramatically direct the dialogue between these people and space is the technique of designing.
When you look on one of your contemporary 'good copies' of historical remains ask yourself the question: Not what style but in what civilization is this building? And the absurdity vulgarity anachronism and solecism of the modern structure will be revealed to you in a most startling fashion.
The reality of the building does not consist in the roof and walls but in the space within to be lived in.
Early in life I had to choose between arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.
No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.
How can we expect our students to become bold and fearless in thought and action if we encase them in sentimental shrines feigning a culture which has long since disappeared?
Take nothing for granted as beautiful or ugly but take every building to pieces and challenge every feature. Learn to distinguish the curious from the beautiful. Get the habit of analysis - analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind. 'Think simples' as my old master used to say - meaning to reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms getting back to first principles.
Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context - a chair in a room a room in a house a house in an environment an environment in a city plan.
In speculative buildings which is most of our business there are really only three chances to make architecture: the lobby or entrance sequence the top and the elevator cab.