Sunday, January 27, 2008

Architecture Qoutes

Adolf Loos
Does it follow that the house has nothing in common with art and is architecture not to be included in the arts? Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument. Everything else that fulfils a function is to be excluded from the domain of art.
Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.
The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not. The work is a private matter for the artist. The house is not. The house has to serve comfort. The work of art is revolutionary; the house is conservative.
The room has to be comfortable; the house has to look habitable.
The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.

Le Corbusier
A house is a machine for living in.
The home should be the treasure chest of living.
To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.

Arne Jacobsen
If a building becomes architecture, then it is art.
If architecture had nothing to do with art, it would be astonishingly easy to build houses, but the architect's task - his most difficult task - is always that of selecting.

Frank Lloyd Wright
A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
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.
All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.
Every great architect is - necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent.
No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.
Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
The truth is more important than the facts.

Tadao Ando
I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture.
I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.
There is a role and function for beauty in our time.
When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space.
You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see.

Luis Barragan
My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of convenience.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.

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

Philip Johnson
Architects are pretty much high-class whores. We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients, but we've both got to say yes to someone if we want to stay in business.

Maya Lin
I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That's art to me.
You have to let the viewers come away with their own conclusions. If you dictate what they should think, you've lost it.

Alvar Aalto
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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