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48 Quotes About Architecture

- Franny Wentzel - Friday, April 23rd, 2010 : goo

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01 - Since giving up architecture... I seem to have drifted away from the desire to paint buildings... Instead it is groups of buildings clustered in the form of villages or towns... - Lionel Aggett


02 - The events of human life, whether public or private, are so intimately linked to architecture that most observers can reconstruct nations or individuals in all the truth of their habits from the remains of their monuments or from their domestic relics. - Honore de Balzac


03 - In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your leg, it's modern architecture. - Nancy Banks-Smith


04 - ramshackle, adj. Pertaining to a certain order of architecture, otherwise known as the Normal American. Most of the public buildings of the United States are of the Ramshackle order, though some of our earlier architects preferred the Ironic. - Ambrose Bierce


05 - Architecture is inhabited sculpture - Constantin Brancusi


06 - We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls. - Bill Bryson


07 - Metal buildings are the dream that Modern Architects had at the beginning of this century. It has finally come true, but they themselves don't realize it. That's because it doesn't take an Architect to build a metal building. You just order them out of a catalog - comes with a bunch of guys who put it together in a couple of days, maybe a week. And there you go - you're all set to go into business - just slap a sign out front. - David Byrne


08 - The British love permanence more than they love beauty. - Hugh Casson


09 - What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend. - Prince Charles - referring to a proposed extension to the National Gallery...


10 - All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks. - G. K. Chesterton


11 - We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. - Winston Churchill


12 - When Moses was alive, these pyramids were a thousand years old. Here began the history of architecture. Here people learned to measure time by a calendar, to plot the stars by astronomy and chart the earth by geometry. And here they developed that most awesome of all ideas - the idea of eternity. - Walter Cronkite

13 - Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul. - Ernest Dimnet


14 - Buildings designed exclusively on scientific principles will depress their occupants and constrain their creativity. - Robert Evans


15 - Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring / Rich clients in hordes to their knees; / Just give me a home, in a great circle dome / Where stresses and strains are at ease. - Buckminster Fuller


16 - The message I hope to have sent is just the example of being yourself. - Frank Gehry


17 - I call architecture frozen music. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


18 - A modern, harmonic and lively architecture is the visible sign of an authentic democracy. - Walter Gropius


19 - Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture. - Ernest Hemingway


20 - Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. - Ernest Hemingway


21 - Architecture is the art of how to waste space. - Philip Johnson


22 - My career is a trajectory from abstraction to reality. The architect's role is to make the mythic real. - Sotirios Kotoulas


23 - Architecture is my first love, if you want to talk about what moves me... the ordering of space, the visual pleasure, architecture's power to construct our days and nights. - Barbara Kruger


24 - Architecture is like a mythical fantastic. It has to be experienced. It can't be described. We can draw it up and we can make models of it, but it can only be experienced as a complete whole. - Maya Lin


25 - Ah, to build, to build! That is the noblest art of all the arts. Painting and sculpture are but images, are merely shadows cast by outward things on stone or canvas, having in themselves no separate existence. Architecture, existing in itself, and not in seeming a something it is not, surpasses them as substance shadow. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


26 - The architect / Built his great heart into these sculptured stones, / And with him toiled his children, and their lives / Were builded, with his own, into the walls, / As offerings unto God. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


27 - I meant to express mountain architecture, but failed in the solidity which had first attracted me. - J. E. H. MacDonald - sketching at Lake O'Hara...


28 - It is therefore indisputable that the limbs of architecture are derived from the limbs of man. - Michelangelo


29 - Even Picasso at his most bizarre was bound by a kind of formal architecture within the frame. Of course it's one thing to know what you're looking for, it's another to find it. - Ken Mosby


30 - Although they are not always the primary focus, most of my work contains architectural elements. They suggest a human presence even when no figure is actually seen. - Michael Nevin


31 - The architect is not free, but the artist is... The architect works with his head, but the artist with his heart. - Serguei Ouissik


32 - I declare this thing open - whatever it is. - Prince Philip - opening a new annex at Vancouver City Hall...


33 - The Parthenon is really only a farmyard over which someone put a roof; colonades and sculptures were added because there were people in Athens who happened to be working and wanted to express themselves. - Pablo Picasso


34 - Our archictecture proceeds by way of space-time distortions. We work on the very matter of space and time, using slips, shifts, accelerations and contractions. - Descosterd and Rahm

35 - The modern architect is, generally speaking, art's greatest enemy. - Pierre-Auguste Renoir


36 - No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder. - John Ruskin


37 - Always design a thing by considering 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. - Eliel Saarinen


38 - You can speak of the colour of architecture in Tuscany or Venice, but here it's mirrors everywhere... designed to reflect the ever-changing conditions of lighting... - Diego Samper - on Vancouver, BC, Canada...


39 - Architecture in general is frozen music. - Friedrich von Schelling - Philosophie der Kunst


40 - Many of my buildings are condemned now in advance. - Richard Seifert


41 - Form ever follows function. - Louis H. Sullivan


42 - Minimalism in conception demands maximalism in execution. - unknown


43 - Someone began this with a thought, a sheet of paper and a pencil... all this magnificence was achieved without computers and slide rules... cranes or forklifts, and murals were painted without cameras or projectors. It all makes one feel very insignificant, doesn't it? - Robert Wade - on 12th century Cathedral Sainte-Cecile in Albi...


44 - In architecture as in all other operative arts, the end must direct the operation. The end is to build well. Well building has three conditions: Commodity, Firmness and Delight. - Henry Watton


45 - You can't make an architect. But you can... open the doors and windows toward the light as you see it. - Frank Lloyd Wright


46 - Architecture... is for the young. If our teenagers don't get architecture – if they are not inspired – we won't have the architecture... that we must have if this country is going to be beautiful. - Frank Lloyd Wright

47 - Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own Earth. It is at least the geometric pattern of things, of life, of the human and social world. It is at best that magic framework of reality that we sometimes touch upon when we use the word order. - Frank Lloyd Wright

48 - A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. - Frank Lloyd Wright

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Franny Wentzel: 23rd Apr 2010 - 07:24 GMT

My favourite quote, which I am unable to properly source, is "He has liberated architecture from the narrow confines of habitability".

sparky: ecumenical collection. i am partial to #4.

Franny Wentzel: 3, 7, 32 & 48 are my faves on the list.

Jan: I like 32 too

Franny Wentzel: 19th May 2010 - 20:48 GMT

Found the source...

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Submitted by LarsWalker on Tue, 11/18/2008 - 10:03am.

I never read the book myself, but I remember a review years ago of a collection of short pieces by (I think) Jorge Luis Borges. In one of them he wrote an imaginary appreciation of an avant-garde architect who "liberated architecture from the narrow bonds of habitability.

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