ARCHITECTS DICTUM

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PHILIP JOHNSON

All architects want to live beyond their deaths.

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PHILIP JOHNSON

Architecture is the art of how to waste space

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KENZO TANGE

The city must be subject to growth, decay and renewal.

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KENZO TANGE

Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future.

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OSCAR NIEMEYER

"Form follows beauty."

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OSCAR NIEMEYER

. Architecture will always express the technical and social progress of the country in which it is carried out. If we wish to give it the human content that it lacks, we must participate in the political struggle.

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FRANK GEHRY

Look, architecture has a lot of places to hide behind, a lot of excuses, The client made me do this. The city made me do this. Oh, the budget. I don't believe that anymore.

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FRANK GEHRY

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

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ROBERT VENTURI

Forms accommodates function.

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ROBERT VENTURI

Less is bore.

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ROBERT VENTURI

Unity disguised as chaos- complexity and contradiction are often what make works of art both exciting and profound

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TADAO ANDO

I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.

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TADAO ANDO

Without this spirit, Modernist architecture cannot fully exist. Since there is often a mismatch between the logic and the spirit of Modernism, I use architecture to reconcile the two.

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RENZO PIANO

architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight against gravity.

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JEAN NOUVEL

Each new situation requires a new architecture.

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JEAN NOUVEL

I think architecture has to be a gift.

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ALVAR AALTO

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

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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 fulfills a function is to be excluded from the domain of art

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ADOLF LOOS

Ornament is a crime and all ornamentation must be rejected

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ANTONIO GAUDI

Form does not necessarily follow function.

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AUGUSTE PERRET

"Truth is indispensible to Architecture & architectural lie concepts."

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BENJAMIN H. LATROBE

"A bldg. is the combination of different geometric figures."

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BUCKMINSTER FULLER

"We called architects of the future not its victims" "Starting with holes"

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EDUARDO SOUTO DE MOURA

Drawing architecture is a schizoid act: it involves reducing the world into a piece of paper.

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EERO SAARINEN

Function influence but does not dictate form

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ELIEL SAARINEN

Architecture - form equals social-form

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ELIEL SAARINEN

"Beauty grows from necessity not from repetition of formulas."

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ERICH MENDELSOHN

"Architecture seizes upon space, encompasses space and is space itself."

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ERICH MENDELSOHN

"Architecture depends on the sensuous seizure by means of touch and sight."

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DANIEL BURNHAM

Make big plans; aim high in hope and hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.

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DANIEL BURNHAM

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir mens blood.

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

Every great architect is necessarily - a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

Architecture is Organic.

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the day of your life.

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

Think simples as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

An idea is salvation by imagination.

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Frank Lloyd Wright

form and function are one"

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JOHN RUSKIN

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

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JOHN RUSKIN

It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled.

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LE CORBUSIER

The house is a machine for living in.

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LE CORBUSIER

Architecture or Revolution

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LE CORBUSIER

the exterior of the building is the result of the interior.

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LOUIS KAHN

Architecture is the reaching out for the truth

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LOUIS KAHN

Every time a student walks past and 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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LOUIS KAHN

"A house is a house."

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LOUIS SULLIVAN

Forms follows function

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LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

Less is more.

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LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space

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LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

God is in the details.

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LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

It is better to be good than to be original.

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LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

Less is more, almost

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LUCIO COSTA

I am neither a capitalist nor a socialist, I am not a religious or an atheist.

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LUCIO COSTA

Each one sees whatever he wishes to see

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MARCEL LAJOS BREUER

Architecture is a social art."

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MARCUS VITRUVIUS POLIO

Architecture must meet 3 requirements: Strength, Beauty, and Utilities

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MARCUS VITRUVIUS POLIO

Architecture is a science arising out of many other sciences, and adorned with much and varied learning; by the help of which a judgment is formed of those works which are the result of other arts.

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Frank Lloyd Wright

"the reality of a building is not the container but the space within"

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Frank Lloyd Wright

the architect is a molder of men, whether or not he consciously assumes responsibility"

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Frank Lloyd Wright

nature spelled with a capital N the way you spell God with a capital G"

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Frank Lloyd Wright

organic architecture: all parts are related to the whole as the whole was related to the parts; continuity and integrity"

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Pierre Luigi Nervi

"architecture is a synthesis of the technology and art"

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Pierre Luigi Nervi

structural correctness is identical with functional, technical and economic truthfulness

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Oscar Niemeyer

architecture must have liberty of forms"

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Kenzo Tange

"modern architecture need not be western"

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Ieoh Ming Pei

"symbolisms and blasphemies"

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Ieoh Ming Pei

"architecture is the expression of the past

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Richard Rogers

design is how, form is what"

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Otto Wagner

"nothing that is not practical can be beautiful"

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Otto Wagner

"essential basis of natural forms as geometries"

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Minoru Yamasaki

"humanism"

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Michael graves

"design as if you are a child"

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Michael graves

classical forms language of both the arctuated and trabeated models"

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Adolf Loos

"ornament equals crime"

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Adolf Loos

"lift the building in the ground"

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Charles Renee Mackintosh

"modern ideas in modern dress"

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Charles Renee Mackintosh

"design by living men for living men"

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Robert Mailart

mushroom slab construction "a bridge is like a house"

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Erich Mendelsohn

fluid mass theory "architecture is the only tangible expression of space"

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Eero Saarinen

"spiritual function is inseparable from practical function"

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Eleil Saarinen

"beauty grows from necessity, not from repetition"

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Richard Nuetra

"a house is like a flower pot"

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Richard Nuetra

most important material is man"

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Rem Koolhaas

"the client is chaos"

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Rem Koolhaas

"the integration of notion of cheapness to create sublime conditions"

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Otto Wagner

"a town in a town"

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Alvar Aalto (Hugo Alvar Henric)

"form is the mystery that defies description but brings people pleasure"

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Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret}

"a cube within a cube"

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Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret}

"architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light"

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Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret}

"space and light and order. these are the things men need just as much they need bread or place to sleep

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Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret}

"the „styles‟ are a lie"

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Antonio Gaudi

"straight lines belong to man, curved lines belong to God"

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Marcel Bruer

"nature and architecture are two different things"

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Walter Gropius

"art and architecture, the new unity"

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Walter Gropius

machine is to be our modern medium of design

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Louis Khan

architecture built not for need, but for art"

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Paul Rudolph

"automobile is the most important organizing element in the structure

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Oscar Niemeyer

Architecture is invention

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adolf loos

Supply and demand regulate architecture form"

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LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE

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

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Walter Gropius

"Architecture begins where engineering ends"

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